LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- The countdown is on for opening say in the baseball world, and Louisville Bats manager, Jim Riggleman talks about the much anticipated season and the start of spring training.
About Jim Riggleman:
Louisville Bats second-year manager Jim Riggleman, 61, became the third Bats manager in as many seasons last year following Rick Sweet (2005-2011) and David Bell (2012) and led the club to a 69-74 record. This will be his third season in Reds' player development after also serving as manager of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2012 (68-70). He is the former manager of the Major League's San Diego Padres (1992-94), Chicago Cubs (1995-99), Seattle Mariners (2008) and Washington Nationals (2009-11). In his 12 seasons as a Major League manager, he compiled a 662-824 (.445) record and led the Cubs to the postseason in 1998. Riggleman has more than 30 years of experience as a manager or coach, including portions of 19 seasons at the big league level, after beginning his coaching career in 1981 in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Born in Fort Dix, N.J., Riggleman attended Frostburg State University in Maryland before going on to an eight-year minor-league playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals as a first baseman and outfielder.
Exhibition game: Louisville Bats v. Cincinnati Reds March 29
The Bats start 2014 with an exhibition game against the Reds at Louisville Slugger Field on March 29 before opening the 2014 regular season campaign on the road in Toledo on Friday, April 4. The Bats begin their home schedule on Thursday, April 10 against Columbus with the first of 11 $1 Budweiser happy hours of the year. Tickets for the exhibition game and all regular season games, including April 12 for Thunder Over Louisville, are available now. Single-game tickets may be purchased online at http://www.batsbaseball.com, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office.
The 2014 season will mark both the Bats' 15th season at Louisville Slugger Field and their 15th season as the top affiliate of the Reds. The entire 2014 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at http://www.batsbaseball.com. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.
Louisville Bats Kids Club!
The Louisville Bats Kids Club is the official kids club for Louisville Bats fans ages 12 and younger. Being a Louisville Bats Kids Club member is a great way for kids to show their Louisville Bats pride and be part of the coolest club in all of baseball! Registration is ONLY $20 PER CHILD! When signing up for the Louisville Bats Kids Club each child will receive exclusive member benefits including the following:
FREE Admission to EVERY Sunday Home Game* FREE Bats Chest Protector Backpack FREE Bats Purple Replica Game Jersey FREE Voucher for Carousel Ride OR Speed Pitch FREE Kids Club Membership Card ** You must present a Kids Club membership card at the Box Office window to receive free admission.
CLICK HERE for information on how to sign up for the Louisville Bats Kids Club.
Louisville Bats Baseball Club
Louisville Slugger Field
401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Triple A Minor League Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds
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