Bryan Price

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Bryan Roberts Price

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Bryan Price was selected by the California Angels in the 1984 amateur draft and spent three seasons in their organization prior to missing the 1987 season due to shoulder surgery. He then spent 1988 and 1989 in the Seattle Mariners farm system.

After his playing career ended, he was a minor league pitching coach in the Mariners organization from 1989 to 1997. He served as the Mariners' minor league pitching coordinator in 1998-1999. From 2000 to 2005, Price was the Mariners' pitching coach, and he joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in the same capacity in 2006. On May 8, 2009 Price stepped down as pitching coach following the firing of manager Bob Melvin and hitting coach Rick Schu. In 2010, he was hired by the Cincinnati Reds to be their pitching coach. After four years in the role, Price was selected to replace Dusty Baker as the team's manager in 2014. It was his first managing job at any level.

The Reds fell back to fourth place in 2014 after making the postseason the previous year, playing below .500. The year was a bit of a disappointment, but things took a turn for the worse at the start of the 2015 season, as the reds struggled early, losing 7 of 8 games in mid-April as the bullpen, apart from closer Aroldis Chapman seemed unable to protect any lead and the offense left tons of runners stranded. On the hot seat, Price exploded at reporters on April 20th, lashing out on a profanity-laced tirade lasting over five minutes that demonstrated beyond any doubt that things were less than ideal in Cincinnati. He apologized publicly the next day. The season continued to be difficult, with the Reds piling on the losses and trading away a number of their veteran players at the trading deadline. They were left with an all-rookie starting rotation, which predictably, found the going tough. In the wake of a string of 12 losses in 13 games in mid-August, rumors of Price's imminent firing rose again, but owner Bob Castellini intervened, saying there were no plans to make any change that season. Left unsaid was what would happen after the season, but after the season, the Reds announced that he would be back for a third season in 2016. He actually completed two more full seasons at the helm, going 68-94 and finishing in last place in both 2016 and 2017. The team did not seem to be making any progress during those years, with some awful pitching problems negating whatever contribution they were starting to receive from the hitters. Price was back at the start of the 2018 season, but after the team lost 15 of his first 18 games, he was fired following the game of April 18th and replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jim Riggleman.

Price returned to the majors in 2020, not as a manager but as pitching coach of the Philadelphia Phillies under newly appointed manager Joe Girardi. He stayed for only one season, however.

Minor league coaching stops[edit]

Preceded by
Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Riggleman

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2014 Cincinnati Reds National League 76-86 4th Cincinnati Reds
2015 Cincinnati Reds National League 64-98 5th Cincinnati Reds
2016 Cincinnati Reds National League 68-94 5th Cincinnati Reds
2017 Cincinnati Reds National League 68-94 5th Cincinnati Reds
2018 Cincinnati Reds National League 3-15 -- Cincinnati Reds Replaced by Jim Riggleman on April 19

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bob Nightengale: "Reds manager Bryan Price regrets foul-mouthed rant, bemoans lost era", USA Today Sports, June 15, 2015. [1]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Bryan Price took the fall for the Reds, a franchise stuck in reverse", USA Today Sports, April 19, 2018. [2]
  • C. Trent Rosecrans: "Reds manager Bryan Price throws profanity-laced tirade", USA Today Sports, April 20, 2015. [3]

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