That was the addition of former Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price as a “senior adviser to the Major League coaching staff.” Price, 59, was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 2014 through 2018. He went 279-387 with Reds in his four seasons before he was fired.
Former Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price is reunited with Bob Melvin with the San Diego Padres
Bryan Price will be in baseball for the first time since 2020, when he was the pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies but prior to that, he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 2014 through 2018. Now, he is reunited with Bob Melvin on the San Diego Padres.
Before Price joined the Cincinnati Reds as pitching coach (2010-2013), Price served on Melvin’s coaching staff as a pitching coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006 through 2009 and with the Seattle Mariners from 2003 through 2004.
Price has been a coach or manager in the major leagues or minor leagues in every season since 1989 with the exception of 2019 and 2021. In 2007, when he served as Melvin’s pitching coach, he was touted for his pitching coach work when he won the Major League Coach of the Year award from Baseball America.
In his role, Price will be serving as “both an on-field instructor and a mentor within the clubhouse.”
With adding Price in this role, they are part of a continuing trend with the team and in baseball, in general, of the expansion of coaching staffs. Bob Melvin will have a total of 11 coaches under him in 2022 but, curiously, only one is a hitting coach.
The San Diego Padres have only had one hitting coach in recent years but some teams, like their all of their NL West rivals, now have at least two assistant hitting coaches (yes, even the Colorado Rockies, who many people often are puzzled by).