It didn’t take long for Jim Riggleman to find work after resigning as Nationals manager last week, as CSN Chicago just announced that he’ll serve as a guest analyst on their pregame and postgame broadcast during the White Sox-Cubs series.
Riggleman was the Cubs’ manager from 1995 through 1999, going 374-419 (.472), and the CSN Chicago press release notes that he’ll “offer his insight and analysis to the always-entertaining city rivalry.”
I guess this sort of makes us co-workers now, so I look forward to sharing a Jack and Coke with Riggleman at the next NBC/Comcast party. Hopefully he’ll bring his new friends too.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.