Posted October 22, 2013

Report: Bryan Price to be named Reds new manager

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Bryan Price is reportedly the Reds next manager. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Bryan Price is reportedly the Reds next manager. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds will name pitching coach Bryan Price their next manager on Tuesday, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported.

Price will replace Dusty Baker, who was fired after six seasons as Reds manager. Baker was let go three days after the Reds were bounced from the postseason in a one-game playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Price was hired as the Reds’ pitching coach before the 2010 season. Before his time in Cincinnati, he made stops as a pitching coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.

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Price’s time as the Reds’ pitching coach has been a boon for the team. In his four seasons, the Reds have finished seventh, 12th, third, and fourth, respectively, in National League ERA. As manager, he will inherit a talented young roster that could see some changes this offseason, with leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo and starter Bronson Arroyo set to become free agents.


12 comments
MikeDenney
MikeDenney

@buckeye93 @TomDunne My sentiments exactly...I'm a little worried here--Lifelong Reds fan living in BG, KY; this link http://deadspin.com/2013-payrolls-and-salaries-for-every-mlb-team-462765594 shows Cincy at #13 (and so, nearly the top 1/3rd) 'earning franchise' in the whole league in 2013.  They didn't really give it time to consider some other hopefuls (in order of fan interest, I'd say 'Morgan', 'Larkin', for everybody else...I was happily surprised and definitely thinking Paul O'Neil would have made a killer manager, most likely to 'turn the team around', eye of the tiger type stuff).

Price is smart, but my sentiment is also 'content, but guarded', due to the fact that Cincy announcers were happy just remarking about 'sellout crowds' all season long (this, and last); it led me to worry they'd try and pinch some pennies, and for that I look at (not quite ready to blame...yet) the ownership.

Castellini certainly seems to be looking at some economic considerations we as fans just don't have the 'luxury' (i.e. responsibility, role) to have to look at (primarily, saving up for rainy day type things that might even include paying Joey's insane salary long after trading him)...that hurts, and it most definitely would, but I think O'Neil would have been cheap enough to keep Price doing what he's been doing pretty well (even under Baker's helm), but give him a hefty salary increase a)to let him know he's appreciated, but b)mainly to keep him from moving on (why not just double his 2013 salary, then tell him to 'try this for one year', and 'see what you can do under new management, we think you'll own it').

I just think this was done too quickly, and Price may be so fed up with Cincy mid-2014 that he begs out and almost retires. Cincy fans are among the smartest in the entire league, and the rich history up there is almost like a refinery for baseball 'smarts'--no one is every really happy, but that's just Cincy...as for me, I'd like to see Price have remained in the role of pitching coach, if for no other reason than to see him devote more time to keeping our pitchers healthy (not foolishly killing them like Dusty's been doing for, oh, his entire managerial career up there), and yet answer to just one guy who might (highly likely--almost 100%) know more about the other aspects of the game than he's ever learned in his minor league pitching roles.

Got to wonder how much Morgan and Larkin were asking...I'm sure they've been contacted many, many times for the job (just listen to Marty's conversations with Joe every time he's in the booth...my God, they're loaded with intense speculation and 'fan wishery').

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

Nothing surprising here.  Club still needs to be tweaked further though.  

ngk11
ngk11

Price will be fired before they advance in the post season

90reds
90reds

Um, it's not exactly a report when the Reds have confirmed it on their twitter account and the GM and owner have both said he was hired.  I know they don't play in New York, Boston, or LA, but way to have updated information SI. 

wi_hoosier
wi_hoosier

Pitchers hardly ever make a good manager. Tommy Lasorda is the only one I can think of.

They don't understand hitting and defensive situations... and usually leave pitchers in too long as they would want to "bulldog" on the mound when they pitched.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So where is the minority applications on this MLB. Seems the NFL got an "a" for hiring unqualified blacks so why not find a few token ones to make it look like MLB is trying?

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Good hire. Definite upgrade from that idiot Dusty Baker.

buckeye93
buckeye93

Let's hope this is legit and not just another cost-saving move by Reds' management....

metalhead65
metalhead65

like the move only if they get rid of jacoby as hitting coach. despite what dusty said and jocketty says it never happened I have heard no official word on him being let go. he has to be for this team to improve. they leave way to many guys on base and their hitters especially cozart and frazier swing at balls 3 feet off the plate and in the dirt on a regular basis. it is partly their fault but what he is teaching must not be working if keep doing it .

TerryWilson
TerryWilson

Expected this all along as Price is a top 3 pitching coach in the league right now and the Reds would have lost him this off season as he wanted to manage.  

buckeye93
buckeye93

@TomDunne @buckeye93 I was speaking in a general sense. In other words,

I hope that Price is indeed qualified to be a manager, and that the Reds are not promoting him just so they don't have to go and get an experienced "name" manager and pay a "name" manager's salary. His results as pitching coach are legit, but a successful pitching coach does not a successful manager make. As a lifelong Reds fan, I certainly hope he is successful.