In the wake of the Cincinnati Reds firing manager Dusty Baker, the speculation as to who will replace him has already begun. Someone who is familiar with the team seems to be the sensible choice, since they know the players, the organization, and how Baker ran the team. So far, those close to the team have been the ones mentioned to be the most likely to replace Baker, with Reds pitching coach Bryan Price being the most talked about as the potential replacement. Price does not have any experience as a Major League Baseball manager, but he does have plenty of experience as a player and pitching coach in the minors and a pitching coach in the majors. He also had a great manager in Baker to look up to these last few years. Price could be a good potential replacement for Baker if the team is looking to replace him with someone from within the organization.
Price became the Reds’ pitching coach in October 2009. He had previously served as the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners from 2000-05 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006-09 before he came to Cincinnati. Reds pitchers have nothing but good things to say about Price and his ability to communicate, an asset that is very important in any manager. He played at the minor-league level in the Los Angeles Angels and Mariners systems. His career as a pitching coach began in the Mariners’ minor league system and eventually led to the position with the Mariners at the major league level. This is not the first time Price’s name has been mentioned for a managerial position in Major League Baseball. Last year he interviewed for the open position with the Miami Marlins.
Ultimately, though Price does not have any experience as a manager in Major League Baseball, he seems to be an ideal candidate to replace Baker. He has 13 years of experience in the majors as a pitching coach, he has great communication skills as a coach, and he is familiar with the Reds and their organization as a whole since he has been with them since 2009. The Reds’ front office should not overlook Price as a potential managerial candidate. This could be his shot at what could be a great career as a major league manager.