MLB teams oftentimes think to much when it comes to hiring a new manager. Rather than picking the most familiar candidate for the job, MLB owners try to reinvent the wheel and appoint someone who is less-than-comfortable in a managerial gig.
However, the Cincinnati Reds did the exact opposite as team owner Walt Jocketty knew that his team didn’t need a completely new face atop the dugout. Therefore, Cincinnati confirmed on Monday night that Bryan Price has been named the Reds’ manager for 2013. Price is very familiar with the Reds’ current roster as he took over as the pitching coach in October of 2009.
While Price may not have the resume that Reds’ icons and managerial candidates like Barry Larkin or Paul O’Neill; Price has a much better grasp on what Cincinnati’s players — especially pitchers — do well and what they need to work on. In essence, Jocketty is giving a 51-year-old Price a chance of a lifetime as the Reds have been a playoff team for three of the last four seasons with Dusty Baker at the helm.
Obviously, there are a few questions that Price is going to have to answer in his first year as a manger, but this is a very smart hire for a Reds’ team that is just inches away from bringing a World Series title back to Cincinnati.