The Cincinnati Reds named pitching coach Bryan Price as manager to succeed Dusty Baker, who was fired after the team failed to advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the third time in four years.
Price, 51, has been the Reds’ pitching coach since 2010. He held the same role with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks from 2000 through 2009 and has never managed a team at any level. Price, who agreed on a three-year contract, interviewed for the Miami Marlins’ managerial job last year.
“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,” Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said on the team’s website. “We’ve all seen his 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.”
Baker was fired on Oct. 4 after compiling a 509-463 record over six years with the Reds. Cincinnati had a 90-72 record this season before losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 in the National League wild-card game.
The Reds’ pitching staff under Price led the NL in strikeouts this season and finished with the fourth-best earned-run average in the major leagues.
Price is the third former pitching coach among current managers, joining John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres.