Price will become the 61st manager of the Reds, replacing Dusty Baker after six seasons.
Enquirer Reds beat reporter John Fay wrote:
“Price has turned the Reds’ pitching around. In his four years, the club has finished seventh, 12th, third and fourth in the National League in ERA. In the three years before he arrived, the club was seventh, 13th and 15th.”
Price has been the Reds’ pitching coach since the 2010 season and in that time the Reds have won two NL Central titles, and have made the postseason three times. All three of those seasons the Reds had 90-plus wins.
As someone who follows the Reds closely, the hiring of Price is a great move by the Reds as an organization.
Price has done wonders for the Reds’ pitching staff the past few seasons, and with him running the show so to speak, maybe he’ll be the spark the Reds have been looking for all along.
What I like about Price is that as other have described his as being a “shrewd baseball man.”
That is exactly what the Reds need, because that is the anti-Dusty Baker. Nothing against Baker, I liked Baker as a person, but his time in Cincinnati had run its course.
The Reds needed a different type of leader for the 2014 season, and they now have that in Price. The team looked bland and stale the final week of the regular season and in their Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but being the pitching coach there was only so much Price was able to do.
Now with a manager in place it is time for the Reds to start looking at their roster and make some tough and not so tough moves. This offseason for the Reds has only just began.