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Jim Riggleman will interview for the Mets' vacant bench coach job today.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy wound up helping Riggleman secure a special assignment scouting position over the summer. And now the 58-year-old is getting an opportunity to interview for a spot on a big-league coaching staff.
Riggleman will interview today with the Mets for their vacant bench coach job, sources familiar with the process confirmed, raising the possibility he could wind up on the staff of one of the Nats' division rivals.
Riggleman is just one of several candidates up for the job -- former A's manager Bob Geren also is slated to interview today -- but he appears to be a strong contender and has a longstanding relationship with New York manager Terry Collins. The two played together in the Dodgers' farm system in 1974 and have remained close since.
Another former member of Riggleman's coaching staff in D.C. -- John McLaren -- could also interview for the Mets job, according to sources.
In other news...
-- Several Nationals players are expected to be on a roster of major-leaguers traveling to Taiwan next month for a series of games against the Chinese Taipei national team. Outfielder Michael Morse, catcher Ivan Rodriguez and pitchers Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang (a native of Taiwan) are among those on the roster. Scheduled participants from other teams include the Yankees' Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson and the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. The major-leaguers are slated to play four games in Taichung and Kaohsiung from Nov. 3-6.
-- The Arizona Fall League season is underway, and Bryce Harper is off to a ragged start. The Nationals' top prospect, who turns 19 on Sunday, was hitless in his first 15 at-bats with the Scottsdale Scorpions before he finally singled in the sixth inning last night against the Mesa Solar Sox. Harper, of course, has a history of slow starts at the plate, having done it at the College of Southern Nevada in 2010 as well as at Class A Hagerstown and Class AA Harrisburg this season. Other Nats' AFL stats so far: Derek Norris (2-for-11), Zach Walters (2-for-12), Sammy Solis (one run allowed in three innings) and Pat Lehman (1 1/3 scoreless innings). Right-hander Rafael Martin has yet to appear in a game. Same for lefty Matt Purke, who is just now reporting to Arizona after working out in Viera the last few weeks.