Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start

Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start

Ross Houston
April 20, 2018

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have fired manager Bryan Price following four-plus seasons with the team. Pitching coach Mack Jenkins was also dismissed, with Double-A pitching coach Danny Darwin being promoted to replace him.

Bryan Price's firing was inevitable in the midst of a 3-15 start, but he didn't have much to work with. Those 2015 Brewers finished 68-94, which wasn't last in the NL Central.

The move came during an off-day in St. Louis.

In Bryan Price's four years as manager, the Reds went through a slow, but steady rebuilding process, as they traded away some of their best players, including the likes of Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier, and dealt with instability in their pitching rotation. "Even though we're off to a bad start, there needs to be a feel that we need to prepare and we need to expect to win every single day. We have to get this team playing that way because we know they have the ability to do that". I think we need to get to the field, get ready to play and get ready to win.

Price was given the job of leading the Reds during a massive overhaul. The Reds' pitching is bad, the defense might be worse, and the offense has been gutted by injuries to Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler and the departure of Zack Cozart through free agency. As noted by USA Today, Price was hired as the team's manager prior to the 2014 Major League Baseball season, and ended his tenure with a combined record of 279-387.

Price was given the job of presiding over the team's painful transition from contender to rebuilder. Baker was sacked after a wild-card defeat to Pittsburgh in 2013, and Price was promoted from pitching coach.

Cincinatti has finished at the bottom of its division for three straight seasons and hasn't made the playoffs since 2013. Rookies made a club-record 110 starts in 2015, when the Reds lost 98 games.

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