Monday, October 21, 2013

Reds expected to name Bryan Price manager on Tuesday

The Price is right, folks!

As expected, the Reds are set to name pitching coach Bryan Price as the team's new manager in a press conference on Tuesday. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer were one of the first members of the media to break the news.

Price will replace the recently fired Dusty Baker, who led Cincinnati to three playoff berths in his six seasons at the helm, and will become the 61st skipper in franchise history.

Before becoming the Reds pitching coach in 2010, Price previously spent 10 years in the same position with the likes of the Seattle Mariners from 2000 to 2005, and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006 to 2009.

Similar to Baker, Price is considered to be extremely popular among players in the clubhouse. And the fact that he is already familiar with most of the roster likely played in his favor to win the job, too.

Here is what well-respected veteran Bronson Arroyo once said about the possibility of Price becoming a manager in the big leagues:

"I think he'd be unbelievable. He's as organized as anyone in the game, he holds people as accountable as well as anyone I've seen. He doesn't buy into stereotypical things in the game, things that other people buy into that I don't feel are relevant. Price looks at evidence. He's a freaking smart guy, he makes his decision on reasonable evidence. Sometimes in baseball we go by hunches, what someone else said or they way things have gone in the past. He doesn't do that."

Whether or not Price is the right man for the job remains to be seen. However, given ownership's desire to shake things up with a coaching change, but still keep a sense of continuity, Price was the clear-cut favorite for the gig all along. In fact, most reports suggest that no other candidate besides Price even interviewed for the coveted position.

Price, who has no managerial experience at any level, will now be tasked to not only guide the Reds back to the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, but advance beyond the first round, which is something Baker was unable to do in his tenure.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ok what happened to waiting till after the world series, was anybody else interviewed? I like Price but is he a good hire or a cheap one?