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Bryan Price: Goodbye to the nice guy

April 19, 2018

The day has arrived. Bryan Price is officially out as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

 

There are a lot of ways that the career of Bryan Price can be looked at in Cincinnati.

 

 

He was a great pitching coach who developed talent like Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. He was also the same coach that squeezed some of the best stuff from veterans like Edison Volquez and Alfredo Simon.

 

He was also a losing manager, who arguably was never put in a winning situation by the front office.

 

He was also a losing manager that failed to improve in any single season on the job.

 

Bryan Price is a really nice guy. He came to Athens, Ohio this year on the Reds Caravan and he told me "I'm glad they brought me back," with a laugh and a smile.

 

Behind that smile though was obvious concern, this was a man who knew from day one this year he was coaching for his job, and quite possibly coaching for his managerial career.

 

He knew from day one he had no ace, quite possibly no pitcher even as good as a number three in the rotation, but lacking in that position of all positions was not going to lay the blame on anyone other than Price.

 

Dick Williams got the Reds pitching prospects in trade after trade in the arms of Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed, and Anthony Desclafini, among others.

 

Dick did his job, at that point it was time for Bryan to do his. However, Price just could not get the job done.

 

Finnegan and Desclafini can not stay healthy, Cody Reed is a mess, Luis Castillo looked so good a year ago and now in his sophomore season he looks more like a rookie than he ever did in 2017.

 

Yes, the Reds are inherently bad, and the offense that looked oh so good on paper has been one of the worst in all of baseball.

 

But, this was the year the Reds were supposed to take the next step. This was the year the reds were supposed to be playing meaningful games past the all-star break. 

 

Instead they are 3-15, and spinning out of control. With that in mind, best of luck to you oh Jim Riggleman.

 

This job is not an easy one, and on top of that, you are managing a team that is loved by some of the smartest fans in baseball, and right now they are rightfully unhappy.

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