Windsor, CO – March 9, 2022: The Pioneer Baseball League (PBL), presented by TicketSmarter, today announced that former MLB manager and newly named Billings Mustangs’ skipper, Jim Riggleman, will conduct a question-and-answer session with the registered players at the league’s spring tryout camp, which will be held at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., from April 1-4, 2022.
Riggleman, who managed the Cubs, Nationals, and Mariners, will speak to the registered players about his managing and coaching experience at the MLB level and offer his thoughts and opinions on how young players can best prepare for success at the professional baseball level.
“I was thrilled to be invited to speak to the players at the tryout camp,” Riggleman said in a press release. “Many of these players may not have had a chance to talk to a big-league manager before and I hope I can share with them my perspective on what it takes to make a Major League roster.”
The four-day tryout camp, a partnership between the Pioneer League presented by TicketSmarter and the Pecos League, will feature pro-style skills sessions for all position players, a bullpen day for pitchers, and an extended intra-squad game with live pitching.
Additionally, PBL and Pecos League scouts will be on hand to evaluate players and a PBL draft will follow the final day of the camp. Plus, each PBL club has committed to inking at least two players apiece to spring training invites.
“Having someone of Jim’s character and experience to address the players at our tryout camp is a huge benefit to anyone trying to climb the ladder in pro baseball,” PBL President Mike Shapiro said. “The PBL is all about developing young players and for Jim to come down and speak with them is a huge opportunity for them to hear directly on what it takes to succeed in pro baseball.”
For more information and to register for the tryout camp: go to arizonaproshowcase.com.
— Jerry Del Priore