Major League baseball

Reds promote Price to manager

Cincy makes Hire after one interview

Associated PressOctober 23, 2013 

  • Previous Reds managers

    Name Years Record

    Dusty Baker 2008-13 509-463

    Pete Mackanin 2007 41-39

    Jerry Narron 2005-2007 157-179

    Dave Miley 2003-05 125-164

    Bob Boone 2001-03 190-238

    Jack McKeon 1997-00 291-259

    Ray Knight 1996-97, 2003 125-137

    Davey Johnson 1993-95 204-172

    Tony Perez 1993 20-24

    Lou Piniella 1990-92 255-231

    Tommy Helms 1989 14-21

    Pete Rose 1984-89 426-388

    Vern Rapp 1984 51-70

    Russ Nixon 1982-83 101-131

    John McNamara 1979-82 279-244

    Sparky Anderson 1970-78 863-586

    Dave Bristol 1966-69 298-265

    Don Heffner 1966 37-46

    Dick Sisler 1964-65 118-91

    Fred Hutchinson 1959-64 446-375

    Mayo Smith 1959 35-45

    Jimmy Dykes 1958 24-17

    Birdie Tebbetts 1954-58 372-357

    C. Buster Mills 1953 4-4

    Rogers Hornsby 1952-53 91-106

    Earle Brucker 1952 3-2

    Luke Sewell 1949-52 174-234

    Bucky Walters 1948-49 81-123

    John Neun 1947-48 117-137

    Bill McKechnie 1938-46 747-632

    Bobby Wallace 1937 5-20

    Charles Dressen 1934-37 218-284

    Burt Shotton 1934 1-0

    Robert O'Farrell 1934 26-58

    Donie Bush 1933 58-94

    Dan Howley 1930-32 177-285

    Jack Hendricks 1924-29 469-450

    Patrick Moran 1919-23 425-329

    Heinie Groh 1918 7-3

    Christy Mathewson 1916-18 165-177

    Buck Herzog 1914-16 165-226

    Joseph Tinker 1913 64-89

    Henry O'Day 1912 75-78

    Clark Griffith 1909-11 222-238

    John Ganzel 1908 73-81

    Ned Hanlon 1906-07 130-174

    Joseph Kelley 1902-05 274-230

    Frank Bancroft 1902 10-7

    John McPhee 1901-02 79-124

    Robert Allen 1900 62-77

CINCINNATI — Pitching coach Bryan Price was first on the Reds' list of manager candidates. Three hours of answering every question tossed his way ended their search rather quickly.

After one interview, it was over.

The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving Price a three-year deal Tuesday that came with expectations that he'll take them deep into the playoffs right away.

"Bryan is exceptional," owner Bob Castellini said. "We've been fortunate to be with him long enough to know how exceptional he is.

"I can't tell you how well this has fit in for us. We did not have to go out and do a search," he said. "We had the person we felt could take this team deep into the postseason and then some."

Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. But Cincinnati got knocked out in the first round of the postseason each time.

The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff.

Cincinnati lost its last six games, including a 6-2 defeat at PNC Park in the wild-card playoff against the Pirates. General Manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to make a change.

Jocketty considered two in-house candidates: Price and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman. Price got the first interview and impressed everyone so much that Jocketty didn't interview anyone else.

"I was convinced that Bryan was our guy," Jocketty said.

The job carries enormous expectations for the 51-year-old Price, who has been one of the most successful pitching coaches in the majors but has never managed at any level.

"It's a team that's capable of doing even more," Price said of the Reds.

Price was a left-handed pitcher for six years in the minors, his career scuttled by elbow surgery. He started his coaching career in Seattle's farm system and was the Mariners' pitching coach from 2000-05. He moved to Arizona as pitching coach from 2006-09, resigning there after Bob Melvin was replaced.

Jocketty hired him to replace Dick Pole in Cincinnati, where he helped the Reds' staff develop into one of the NL's best during his four seasons working with Baker. Now, Jocketty has several important lineup decisions to make to try to keep the Reds competitive in the NL Central, which sent three teams to the playoffs.

The pitching staff will have some changes, with starter Bronson Arroyo eligible for free agency. Left-hander Tony Cingrani made his debut last season and showed he could win in the majors, but was sidelined by back problems in September. Ace Johnny Cueto missed most of the season with shoulder problems.

The Reds have to decide whether to keep left-hander Aroldis Chapman as their closer or move him into a starting role. Price would have preferred making him a starter last season.


Previous Reds managers

Name Years Record

Dusty Baker 2008-13 509-463

Pete Mackanin 2007 41-39

Jerry Narron 2005-2007 157-179

Dave Miley 2003-05 125-164

Bob Boone 2001-03 190-238

Jack McKeon 1997-00 291-259

Ray Knight 1996-97, 2003 125-137

Davey Johnson 1993-95 204-172

Tony Perez 1993 20-24

Lou Piniella 1990-92 255-231

Tommy Helms 1989 14-21

Pete Rose 1984-89 426-388

Vern Rapp 1984 51-70

Russ Nixon 1982-83 101-131

John McNamara 1979-82 279-244

Sparky Anderson 1970-78 863-586

Dave Bristol 1966-69 298-265

Don Heffner 1966 37-46

Dick Sisler 1964-65 118-91

Fred Hutchinson 1959-64 446-375

Mayo Smith 1959 35-45

Jimmy Dykes 1958 24-17

Birdie Tebbetts 1954-58 372-357

C. Buster Mills 1953 4-4

Rogers Hornsby 1952-53 91-106

Earle Brucker 1952 3-2

Luke Sewell 1949-52 174-234

Bucky Walters 1948-49 81-123

John Neun 1947-48 117-137

Bill McKechnie 1938-46 747-632

Bobby Wallace 1937 5-20

Charles Dressen 1934-37 218-284

Burt Shotton 1934 1-0

Robert O'Farrell 1934 26-58

Donie Bush 1933 58-94

Dan Howley 1930-32 177-285

Jack Hendricks 1924-29 469-450

Patrick Moran 1919-23 425-329

Heinie Groh 1918 7-3

Christy Mathewson 1916-18 165-177

Buck Herzog 1914-16 165-226

Joseph Tinker 1913 64-89

Henry O'Day 1912 75-78

Clark Griffith 1909-11 222-238

John Ganzel 1908 73-81

Ned Hanlon 1906-07 130-174

Joseph Kelley 1902-05 274-230

Frank Bancroft 1902 10-7

John McPhee 1901-02 79-124

Robert Allen 1900 62-77

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