Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds have named Bryan
Price their new manager.
Price had been the team's pitching coach for the past four seasons and will be
a manager for the first time. He will join San Diego's Bud Black and Boston's
John Farrell as the only former pitching coaches as current big league
The Reds needed a new manager after Dusty Baker was dismissed following the
club's loss to Pittsburgh in the NL wild card game.
"I have spent a lot of time with Bryan since the season ended, and I was
convinced after the first meeting he is the right person to help us move this
organization forward," said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty in a statement
Tuesday. "We've all seen him work here with our pitching staff. He has proven
himself to be an excellent communicator and leader, and clearly is one of the
most respected people not only in our clubhouse but in baseball in general."
Price has helped develop a Cincinnati pitching staff that had the fourth-best
ERA in the majors this past season. He never pitched in the majors and had
previous coaching stints with Seattle and Arizona before joining the Reds in
"I am impressed with Bryan as a pitching coach, leader and person," said Reds
CEO Bob Castellini. "We're very confident he'll take the helm as manager of
the entire team and lead us in the right direction."
Former big league skipper Jim Riggleman was also under consideration for the
position. Riggleman was the manager of the Reds' Triple-A team in Louisville.
The Reds reached the playoffs three times in the last four seasons under
Baker, who had a record of 509-463 in six years at the helm. However,
Cincinnati failed to win a playoff series after winning division titles in
2010 and 2012 before this season's one-game playoff loss to the Pirates.
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