Mitch Riggin, who spent the past few years directing Milwaukee Brewers games for FSN North - WI, is trading beer & brats for Cactus Cooler & Coppertone. FSN Arizona has hired the former TD to direct Arizona Diamondbacks games for the 2008 season. Riggin and his camera op wife Korina will relocate to Phoenix in December.
Sources say that there may be additional motivation for the change of scenery, besides spending winters in a climate more suited to people than penguins. Prior to his stint in Wisconsin, Riggin lived in the SF Bay Area, and has been a life-long fan of the SF Giants.
By taking the D'Backs gig, Riggin returns to the NL West, where he can see his beloved team 18 or 19 times a season rather than only 6 times. Riggin, a knowledgeable baseball man who unfortunately suffers from acute myopia regarding Barry Bonds, will no doubt spend many of his February and March days at Giants Spring Training camp in nearby Scottsdale asking, "Where's Barry?", to puzzled Giants' personnel.
Regardless of their reasons, moving from the NL Central to the NL West is an upgrade. So we'll say congratulations to the Riggins and hope they can stand the heat.