At last the bizarre saga of former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman appears to have reached its conclusion. Late Thursday, reports surfaced that the 58-year old had joined the world champion San Francisco Giants' staff as a special assignment scout.
Riggleman was hired as acting manager of the Nationals on July 12th, 2009 following the midseason firing of Manny Acta. He initially led the team through two extremely rough years in which Washington finished at the basement of the NL East. However, guided by his shrewd management style, the Nationals surprised many pundits by hovering near the .500 mark for much of the first half of the 2011-2012 MLB season.
Following a torrid stretch in which Washington won 11 of 12 games, Riggleman asked team management to have a conversation about his contract option for the 2012 season that had not yet been picked up. After being told that the option would not be discussed, the manager infamously offered his immediate resignation.
Riggleman finished his time in Washington with a 140-172 record. He has a career record of 662-824, with stops in San Diego, Chicago (NL), and Seattle.
UPDATE: Via tweet from SI's Jon Heyman, this hiring is official as of Friday morning.