Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Reds players sound off on Price hiring

New Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price addresses the media during a press conference at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Upon hearing the news of Bryan Price's promotion from pitching coach to manager of the Reds, several players came forward and expressed their overwhelming support and approval of the hire.

Some of these players include Jay Bruce, Logan Ondrusek, Ryan Ludwick, Brandon Phillips and Sam LeCure, among others. The general consensus among players is that they are thrilled Price will be at the helm.

If you don't believe me, check out these quotes from Tuesday:

+ Bruce: ”I’m excited, I’m very excited. Over the past four years he’s been the pitching coach, I’ve obviously had a great relationship with Bryan and I think he’ll do great as a manager. I think the proof is in the pudding with how he’s handled the pitching staff, but something that transcends that, in my opinion, is how he communicates with players and the relationship he has, the respect that he’s gained by being a guy that communicates well and expects a lot out of each person. I think that’s something that is pretty pivotal in leading a team. I’m excited. He’s progressive, he’s intelligent, I believe this is a good direction for our team and our organization.” 

+ Bruce:  I think Bryan’s going to be great, I’m really excited about the transition maybe not being so stark and a big deal in spring training. Bryan’s been there. He’s really created a reputation with the team and the organization and the team and everyone involved in this...I respect him as a person and I imagine the people he brings in will be of the same level of preparation and he’ll expect and demand the same things that he does.”

+ Ondrusek: ""He knows what everybody can do. He's seen firsthand what the organization is about. He knows the owners. He knows upper management and the coaching staff. He knows all the players already. It won't be a whole, 'Get-familiar-with-everybody' thing. That familiarity is there and he knows what everybody expects, what he expects from us and what we expect from ourselves. I think that will be good, [because] he's already been around and knows everything."

+ Ludwick: I think he's a smart guy, a talented guy and I think we all know he's really good at what he does from a pitching-coach standpoint. He's viewed as one of the top pitching coaches in the game. You heard a lot of rumblings of him getting a managing job elsewhere. I'm glad he stayed with us. I know a lot of guys in that clubhouse respect him. He's a very approachable guy. He seems like a baseball man. A lot of guys are familiar with him. He's not from the outside coming in, so you have a comfort level of knowing who's the boss right from the get-go."

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