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Reds expected to name Bryan Price as manager on Tuesday

Oct 21, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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The Reds will go in-house to replace Dusty Baker, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that pitching coach Bryan Price is expected to be named as manager tomorrow. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer are hearing the same.

While there were rumblings about Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, and Cubs third base coach David Bell being candidates for the job, Price was always considered the favorite. Regarded as one of the best pitching coaches in the game, he has been with the Reds since 2010 and previously held the same position with the Mariners (2000-2005) and Diamondbacks (2006-2009). Rosenthal reports that Price was also a candidate for the Mariners’ managerial vacancy.

The Reds could be in for big changes this winter with Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo hitting free agency and Brandon Phillips reportedly on the trading block, but Price will inherit a very talented team for his first managerial gig.

  1. thomas844 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    No surprises here. Price has obviously done a terrific job with the pitching staff, so hopefully his ability as a pitching coach translates to him being a great manager. The transition obviously worked well for John Farrell.

    Now the only question is who the next pitching coach will be and if they decide to keep Jacoby around as the hitting coach. Go Price and go Reds in 2014!

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Anyone who can reign in Dusty’s abuse of pitchers must have some valuable qualities.

      • doctorrustbelt - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Jim Leyland 2015

      • timburns116 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        What abuse?

    • largebill - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Believe Jacoby is already gone. His dismissal is what drove Dusty to force the issue.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    That guy has crazy eyes.

    I’m not saying that’s a negative thing or a positive thing. I am just saying it’s a thing.

    • thomas844 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Could come in handy when he argues with umpires.

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    How does he feel about RBIs?

  4. jonrox - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Yes, please

  5. junglerat524 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Risky move giving the keys to a championship caliber team to a 1st time manager. Hope he’s better than Vern Rapp.

  6. thisdamnbox - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Congrats to Bryan Price. I always thought he was a quality pitching coach and all around good guy while in Seattle. He got a raw deal here along with every coach and manager since ‘Sweet’ Lou left. He’s smart not to come back here. The Howie & Chucky Show would have ended his managing career like all the rest…

  7. largebill - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    It can be a tough transition from pitching coach to manager. I don’t believe Price has managed in the minor either has he? Hope he knows an old fart he trusts who can serve as bench coach/trusted adviser.

    • jm91rs - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      My hope is that Riggleman takes that job on the bench. He’s got a fire up his ass and Price could let him be the bad guy.

  8. metalhead65 - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    if he keeps jacoby around then what is the point of firing baker? I would have liked them to have cleaned house and got rid of everybody but price who was not a dusty guy. I have not read anything other than that story baker put out and jocketty denied about jacoby. but seriously how can they expect to improve if they keep him as hitting coach? when you have guys batting .230 and swinging at pitches 3 feet outside and in the dirt on a regular basis then you are not doing your job. I will not be happy until I read he is officially gone.

    • timburns116 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Yeah, I bet Todd Fraziers suck age was Brooks fault. As was the fact that Joey Votto can’t hit and jay Bruce never blossomed as a power hitter. I expect to see the same thing as last year: a team built on pitching and defense hoping to finally find its LF

  9. doctorrustbelt - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    The fact of the matter is Bryan Price was quietly present during the moments that Dusty did nothing when pitchers were fatigued and/or struggling.

    • jonrox - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      The fact of the matter is you have no idea what was happening in the dugout between him and Dusty

  10. bfunk1978 - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    The price is wrong, bitch!

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      No love for Happy Gilmore?

  11. whodeybacker - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    From what I read hes very organized and holds people accountable. Good traits. And he is very smart. And classy. Bring Riggleman in as a bench coach and promote Miguel Cairo as the hitting coach. Hes on their staff and knows his stuff. I ve had conversations with him several times about various things with respects to “things” that made me scratch my head with this team and his answers were well thought out. I ll leave it at that. But if u are a reds fan u remember how clutch he was as a ph before his body gave out on him. How he approached that role was awesome to listen to.

  12. redlegz - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    So I’m having a very hard time grasping this concept.. Dusty is fired and the big shakeup (worth eating $3.5mill) is hiring the guy who has been his #2 for the past 4 seasons?! A guy who, it sure seems, sat on the bench every bit as helplessly as Baker during the epic collapses of the past few seasons. So I guess we are also blaming Dusty for not allowing Price to add any leadership in the dugout?! OK, OK..”he was the pitching coach, not his job”. Except, real leaders don’t just sit idly by while their teams suffer..its not in their nature. Which again, was why i thought they fired dusty. Next season will have the same voice and players best friend mentality. Sure hope these guys decide to lead themselves. Get as mad as you want at my opinion, but at least its based on fact…not simply the hope of Price blossoming since no longer under the shadow of Baker.

    • timburns116 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      What “epic collapseS”. I remember one. I also remember a decade of losing before Dusty started managing

    • metalhead65 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      price was not a dusty guy. they fired his guy dick pole but price was only the pitching coach so there was not much could to counter the stupid decisions baker made just because he was on the bench. it has nothing to do with Price not being a real leader, what did you expect him to quit his job or try and run a power play for baker’s job? yeah nothing screams real leader than doing something like that. he took over a young and talented staff and made them better and the good pitchers they are today. the reds did win under baker but yo baker disciples seem to forget that they sucked his first 2 years. they got better because they got better talented everyday players like votto and bruce and they got some good young pitchers which got better with price as their leader not baker.

  13. timpaz - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Price has paid his dues and deserves a shot at managing, best of luck.

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