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Mets interview Riggleman for bench coach

Manager Jim Riggleman of the Washington Nationals watches

Manager Jim Riggleman of the Washington Nationals watches from the dugout during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (June 5, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

MILWAUKEE -- The Mets will interview Jim Riggleman Wednesday for their vacant bench coach position, people familiar with the situation confirmed Monday.

Riggleman, 58, abruptly resigned as Nationals manager on June 23 because of a contract dispute, as he wanted an immediate extension. But Riggleman is exactly what the Mets are looking for in a new bench coach: a former manager with plenty of major-league experience.

Riggleman managed the Padres, Cubs and Mariners before Washington, where he seemed to be making serious progress with the Nats this season. They had won 11 of 12 before Riggleman suddenly walked out. Giants manager Bruce Bochy had even planned to have him on his coaching staff for the All-Star Game.

Terry Collins also is friendly with Riggleman from their days together in the Dodgers' organization. They also were teammates on the Eastern League affiliate in Waterbury, Conn.

Last week, the Mets fired bench coach Ken Oberkfell -- along with first-base coach Mookie Wilson and bullpen coach Jon Debus -- shortly after third-base coach Chip Hale told them he was leaving to be Bob Melvin's bench coach in Oakland.

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