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Reports: Bryan Price to Manage the Reds [Updates]

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Various outlets, both national (Bob Nightengale, USA Today) and local, are reporting the Reds will announce Bryan Price as their manager tomorrow.

Paul Daugherty’s early reaction. “I do think this team needs a manager with an edge. It doesn’t have to be overt. It can be as subtle as setting high expectations, and settling for nothing less. This ought to be a group of players starving for greater success, given their collective talent and the impression that they haven’t honored it fully. The tone Price sets will be as important as anything he does. His team is ready to win bigger, now. Its window isn’t opening any wider. Expect, Mr. Price. Don’t accept. It could make all the difference.”

C. Trent Rosecrans posted a long article on Bryan Price this morning. It’s primarily based on an interview with San Diego Padre manager Bud Black, who is a former pitcher/pitching coach. There are also a few quotes from Mat Latos, who likes the idea of Price as manager of the Reds. Here’s the conclusion: It’s not just that Price is a great pitching coach, Black said, it’s that he’s shown to be a good communicator and leader. That’s what makes a successful manager, not what position he played or his area of expertise. “The whole thing boils down to whether a manager has those qualities to lead men,” Black said. “And I think that can come from any position.”

Latos is quoted in the Rosecrans article: “I think he (Price) needs to be the front-runner for the managerial position,” Latos said. “He’s a guy who played the game, knows the pitching aspect and works hard. Let’s be honest, look what he’s done with the pitching staff.” “In 2010, our bullpen was unbelievable,” Latos said. “Yes, we had a lot of talent in the bullpen, but you have to give a lot of credit to how Buddy used the bullpen, he made the calls as to which pitchers to put in at what times. He played good matchups, pitchers against hitters. … A lot of that I think is from being an ex-pitcher.”

John Fay is tweeting that he believes Price was the only one interviewed for the job.

Reminder of Bronson Arroyo’s endorsement for Price: “I think he’d be unbelievable,” Arroyo said. “He’s as organized as anyone in the game, he holds people as accountable as well as anyone I’ve seen. He doesn’t buy into stereotypical things in the game, things that other people buy into that I don’t feel are relevant. Price looks at evidence. He’s a freaking smart guy, he makes his decision on reasonable evidence. Sometimes in baseball we go by hunches, what someone else said or they way things have gone in the past. He doesn’t do that.”

If you didn’t read this article by Mark Sheldon when it came out a month ago, you definitely should now. It’s about how Price has instilled accountability with the Reds’ pitching staff. Reading this, plus the obvious success the Reds pitchers have had under Price, was what convinced me he’d be a good option for the Reds.

The article contains quotes from several Reds pitchers, but mostly cites Homer Bailey. “One thing I can say about them that’s helped not just the starting rotation but the bullpen is the fact that we are held accountable,” Bailey said. “We demand certain things out of everyone here, whether you’re the No. 1 starter on the team or the mop-up guy — it doesn’t matter. Our expectations are held so high. Some things are just unacceptable. Our starters are expected to go seven innings. We are expected to keep our team in the game. We are expected to put up quality starts.”

The Sheldon article also credits assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins. You have to think he’s the front runner to be the new head pitching coach. We know that he and Price have worked together successfully, not to mention all the pitchers.

 

89 thoughts on “Reports: Bryan Price to Manage the Reds [Updates]

  1. Congrats Bryan Price! I hope you prove me wrong. I don’t think you will be good, but there were far worse managers I feared the Reds would hire. This move doesn’t help the offense at all and now the reds need a pitching coach.

  2. He should do fine, given what we’ve heard about him from his pitchers.

    I get the feeling the Reds are staying with who they know here.

    • @preach: I would personally like to see Tom Browning or Ted Power myself, but those guys are essential in the farm system in helping to develop the young arms.

      But if I could make the choice, I bring up one of those two. Bring in Eric Davis as the hitting coach and I think it’s a solid presence in the dugout that would command respect and hold guys accountable. Heck, if you want to let O’Neill have the shot, let him come in as hitting coach if Davis doesn’t want it.
      Anyhow, congratulations Bryan Price! Make the nation proud!

      • @TraviXDM: Like it, ED – Eric Davis (who I personally think would be a great hitting coach) and then O’Neil. Here’s hoping the Reds are smart enough to pull the trigger on that one.

  3. Love it. Mostly because I started fearing it was gonna be Riggleman. Whole coaching overhaul outside of Price. Personnel moves will be key now. We know the pitchers respect Price; time to hold the rest of the guys accountable. If John Farrell and Bud Black are any indication, hiring price should be a good move. At the very least a not unprecedented one.

  4. I hope he doesn’t feel beholden to any of the current coaches. He should have full autonomy in hiring the pitching coach. How about Tom Browning?

  5. Another interesting quote about the Price hire:

    Homer Bailey loves the guy, and that speaks volumes. Anyone getting the seal of approval from the cantankerous, headstrong Texan has to be doing something right.

    Who knows, maybe this improves the likelyhood Bailey stays. If nothing else, Price has Bailey’s respect and apparently can mange Bailey’s ego, two things that might help in negotiations.

  6. Ken Rosenthal tweets that he’s surprised how many people don’t know who Bryan Price is. This is a good thing: EVERYBODY knew who Dusty Baker was.

    • @wildwestLV: Most fans can’t name the pitching coach for other teams unless they happen to watch them more than a few games a year. MLB knows Price and that’s what matters.

  7. Glad they did it before Detroit starts looking…..Baker would be flattered to manage Detroit? I think his wristbands are too tight if he thinks he’d even be considered.

  8. Excellent news.
    I posted this morning that I thought this was going to be done Tuesday. There will be some continuity with the coaching staff.
    Now, let’s see what Price will do with Chapman.

    • @WVRedlegs: Yes, let’s see what Price does with Chapman. At times he has been an outspoken advocate of Chapman’s starting.
      If he still feels that way, he should just tell Chapman that he’s in the starting rotation, rather than “You might be starting, we’ll see in Spring Training.”

      • @pinson343:
        Regarding Chapman, i agree with premise mentioned in other threads he could be a big trade chip to address reds lineup. Though Price, being good at what he does, may want to be the guy to realize Chapmans value as starting pitcher.

  9. Who knows how it will work out, but I hoped the Reds would choose Price. His work with the Reds’ pitching staff and everything I’ve heard about him makes me feel optimistic. And I’m glad they didn’t go for another “big name”.

    We’ve seen and discussed Bronson’s quote before. A real interesting few sentences: “He doesn’t buy into stereotypical things in the game, things that other people buy into that I don’t feel are relevant. Price looks at evidence. He’s a freaking smart guy, he makes his decision on reasonable evidence.”

    We can’t know exactly what Bronson means by “stereotypical things”. But Bronson’s a smart player who does his own thinking. I believe Price is an intelligent guy who would not automatically make a move because “the book” says he should.

    • @pinson343: For me Bryan Price is a big name. If you follow Reds baseball on a daily basis, you have to feel that way.

      AND, as always, you wise to bring up the quote from Bronson. But I fear that statement does deserve some clarification. Yes, Bronson is an intelligent guy. That’s why I tend to believe it is a positive statement for throwing away the book. Plus I don’t think advance metrics have been around long enough to be “stereotypical”.

      • @TC: i think its just a comment from bronson about himself. his pitching style is non-stereotypical. Price sees how bronson is effective and thus trys to help bronson maintain what works for bronson.

      • @TC: And also… Bronson is a rare bird who delivers evidence that is beyond just the stat stuff. Based on most advanced metrics, Arryo should have been mothballed… so he probably appreciates that Price sees more in him than just beyond the numbers. Which is how it should work. Hand and hand.

    • @pinson343: Hey Pinson (Vada), you mean the book Dusty always kept in his back pocket to check what he needed to do in each and every game situation?

      And you mean Price is smart enough to make his own decisions – and thus the break the mold and simply throw it away?

      Goodness, gracious great balls a fire ….

  10. Wow. It is hard to know who would make the best candidate based on the limited info we can get, but I like this a lot.

    I also like how decisive Castellini is. I don’t agree with everything he does, but he runs a good organization. The Reds under him are a real contrast from the Linder years. At least there is a plan.

  11. “[...] Let’s be honest, look what he’s done with the pitching staff.” “In 2010, our bullpen was unbelievable,”

    You probably shouldn’t combine the Latos quotes like that. In the first half he’s talking about Price, and in the second about Black. Combined, you lose the distinction and it implies at first that Latos is crediting Price with the San Diego bullpen’s success in 2010.

  12. Don’t think you’ll find a real Reds fan who isn’t totally on board with this move. I’m no exception.

    There’s all the obvious things you can get from any number of quotes from the staff, but what I’m really hoping is that this hire gives Bailey and Latos a little incentive to offer us a discount on their extensions. You know they want to play for Price and you know he’ll be talking to them about their contracts. I don’t know how often pro athletes actually make decisions based on something like that, but it can only help. At the very least you’d think that if Bailey really didn’t want to sign an extension here no matter the money, this would make a difference.

  13. “How many RBI does Bryan Price have in his career? ZERO. I bet he can’t even get a hit with RISP. And don’t get me started on OPBS”

    Signed, every Reds “fan” who doesn’t know who Price is

      • @RedZeppelin: I don’t recall much criticism of Dusty for his players failing to hit in certain situations. I feel it was more directed as a poor approach being taught by Baker/Jacoby leading to players swinging at pitches they had no business swinging at. If that’s close enough to blaming Dusty for his players not hitting with RISP, then I suppose you are correct. I do think there is a subtle distinction, however. For example, I never once thought about Baker when Votto stuck out with ducks on the pond, but when Mesoraco or Cozart or Frazier were flailing at low-away pitches, my mind did tend to drift towards what Baker/Jacoby were telling these guys.

  14. I think this is a great hire by the Reds organization. As has been discussed in the Nation, there is still much to do, but it feels good to have the first step accomplished.

    I hope that we see wholesale changes in hitting instruction throughout the organization at this point.

  15. Yes. Once we finish basking in the warmth of this decision, the discussion should turn to the coaching:

    Brook Jacoby Batting Coach – GONE
    Ronnie Ortegon Assistant Hitting Coach – GONE
    Bryan Price Pitching Coach – PROMOTED
    Mack Jenkins Assistant Pitching Coach – PROBABLY PROMOTED to Pitching coach
    Billy Hatcher First Base Coach – KEEP
    Mark Berry Third Base Coach – KEEP
    Chris Speier Bench Coach – GONE
    Juan Lopez Bullpen Coach – KEEP
    Mike Stefanski Bullpen Catcher – GONE!! (Only kidding here)

    • @TC: Here is my bit in support for Mack Jenkins. He’s worked with Bryan Price, in fact Price HAD to have had some impact… OH NEVER MIND. Not finished basking yet. But I think I need to turn over. I’m starting to burn.

    • @TC: Now that the manager is officially in hand, well almost, the focus can turn to the bench coach and hitting instruction/philosophy within the organization and that’s a distinction from the individuals teaching and coaching hitting. The Reds philosophy of hitting needs to be defined and published and enforced (hopefully after serious reevaluation and changes). Those hitting instructors, coaches and managers who can adapt and support a professional hitting approach stay. Those who can’t or won’t adapt and support a professional hitting approach go. I’m sure that Price has had plenty of time to consider who he wants/needs as his bench coach. I would not be surprised to see an experienced, big name coach to support Price in the dugout, but this should be solely his discretion. The same with the pitching coach, but I have to think Power or Jenkins will fill that role. The hitting coach will probably have a lot of input and influence from WJ. This has been a rip-roaring start to the off season. I can’t wait to see the next move(s).

    • @TC: You can go ahead and write in Jenkins for pitching coach right now. There’s no other candidate. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s announced by the end of the day. I really can’t wait to see Price’s approach applied to the hitters – I have no idea who the candidates for hitting coach could be. Since they’re staying inside the organization for manager and likely pitching (both relatively low profile names), I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of a splash for hitting coach. You wonder if some of that chatter about Barry Larkin or Paul O’Neil might come back around. O’Neil might not have been the kind of talented hitter that someone like Votto is, but he was just as much of a student and technician. He learned from Mattingly in NY and took a very scientific approach in preparation and at the plate. If he really wants to manage, this might be a good stepping stone for him. Too out of the box?

  16. I would say that Price probably has some fire. Who was his manager when he was the pitching coach in Seattle? Lou Piniella. Now that he has his own ship, we may see fire that we never saw before. Let’s keep it real. It was hard to get fired up working for Dusty knowing that he was going to make bad decisions in tight games that would jeopardize your opportunity to win.

  17. I hope they got this right. I don’t know enough about Price to have a valid opinion one way or the other, except that he was a very good pitching coach. But man I hope they got this right……

  18. Does anyone remember the silly article (with picture) during the first spring training when Dusty was hired? He climbed the tower and watched all the players play below him while getting to know their names.

    At least Price knows their name. That’s got to be something. Right?

  19. With Price new manager, will he think he can “fix” BP to keep him. Does Price put up a fight or Price being on the inside, knows it is time to move BP? An outside hire would likely not have same perspective or conversely same prejudices.

  20. This was, in my humble opinion, the best choice. From what I can tell, his biggest asset is his brain. This will be welcome relief, as I expect he understands how analytics can help with decision making.

    • @Drew Mac: The best choice was keeping Price in the organization. I have to assume somebody else was going to hire him as a manager this offseason.

      • @vanwilder8: I think you nailed it. Keeping him in the organization was key. He’s too valuable to let go. And he was going to get his chance to leave.

  21. Get out the popcorn. Sooo many questions to be answered at the press conference. I can’t wait!

  22. As for how datmanagerBP will be different from Dusty, the jury remains out.

    I’m just glad that he won’t have to answer to Hank and Willie when he fills out his lineup card. We ALL know that speedy center fielders MUST leadoff, and a season of watching Billy Hamilton flail away at the top of the order with an OBP hovering around .250 was going to drive me to drink.

  23. This Bryan Price hiring reminds me a lot of the Joe Gibbs hiring years ago. A lot of the same things said about Gibbs are now being said of Bryan Price. And I think we all know how the Gibbs story turned out.

    I also think it is important to note, ‘the book’ says pitching coaches are not good candidates to be managers. I guess the Reds front office threw the book out the window on that decision.

  24. I am relieved to hear they named Price. I initially thought Larkin would take us in a good direction but it is probably never a good thing for an organization to hire a manager that was a beloved player and a HOFer, after all most managers are eventually fired. I remember how bad I felt when Perez was replaced, felt like they fired a family member.

    • @Benchwarmer: Loved Tony – simply a bad decision by the Reds to hire him as their team manager 20 years ago (1993) as he lasted a total of what, 40 games? And I give this hiring by the Reds a B+ with the strong possibility of trending upward. If Price can improve the team’s offense in a manner similar to their pitching staff – then this will be a team to reckon with.

      GO REDS!!

  25. Given that Price likely would’ve landed elsewhere this winter had the Reds not hired him, I think we can safely assume that Price only takes the job if:
    –he and Walt are on the same page regarding Chapman.
    –he has the autonomy to hire his own bench coach and pitching coach.

    If I have a concern, it would be that Price may be too loyal to Hanigan and continue to evenly split the catching duties with Mez.

    This is a good move for Price, simply because he’s walking into a winning situation. Too often, potentially good managers take the first job that comes along because it’s so hard to break in as a manager, even though a team is rebuilding. They usually get canned after a couple losing seasons, never to be heard from again.

    • @Sultan of Swaff: Jenkins will be the pitching coach. I don’t doubt that for a second. I’m not worried about a loyalty to Hanigan. First of all, I don’t have much reason to believe Price has any such loyalty. If there was one pitcher who insisted on having Hanigan be his guy it was Arroyo and he’s most likely gone. And if we’re to believe what we’ve heard about Price, he values empirical evidence and the “personal catcher” myth is a decidedly old school phenomenon. I think Price has been working with Mes for long enough now to know he can handle the staff and the offensive numbers are a no brainer. Of course I could be wrong, but I think we’ve all just been so Dusty-fied that we assume the worst at this point.

      • @eric nyc: I think Hanigan is tremendously undervalued as a receiver. His offensive stats were awful last year, but it wasn’t like Mes was tearing it up. I also think Hanigan came back much less than 100% because Price is aware of his value behind the plate.

        Hanigan rates as the 8th best catcher (since 1988) per 5000 pitches caught in terms of pitch framing (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20596). He’s worth about a win and a half per year based on those stats alone.

        • @vanwilder8: Mes was comign on VERY strong the second half of last season. There’s no reason to believe he couldn’t have had a lot more production if he had played regularly. Anyway, Hanigan is not the future of this team. That’s clear to everyone. Mes is. He’s had his internship, now it’s time for him to take the job. Hanigan is great behind the plate, but I simply don’t buy into the theory that catchers have THAT much to do with pitching performances. They have much more of an impact in the running game and Hanigan’s no better than Mes in that department. Pitch framing is an overrated phenomenon. People want to believe it does a lot more than it actually does. 1.5 wins a year for pitch framing? Sorry I don’t buy it. Hanigan has been a very valuable member of this team. He probably still has another year of value for us in 2014, but that should be as a backup. We traded Grandal because Mes is the guy. And how can we know how good or bad of a receiver he is until we start giving him the playing time to put up the data?

        • @eric nyc: Regardless of your view of pitch framing, Hanigan is a much better defender than Mes.

          No better than Mes at controlling the running game? Hanigan threw out 45.5% of runners last year, and has led the league the last two years. Mes threw out 29% of runners. That’s a tremendous difference.

        • @vanwilder8: Hangian = trending down. Mes = trending up. Should we just stick with Hanigan until his legs fall off? When exactly would you like to make the transition? There’s no question whatsoever that Mes is a better offensive player than Hanigan at this point. What does this team need more of, pitch framing or run production?

        • @eric nyc: This team needs more wins. Period.

          And until Mes shows me that he can hit, he doesn’t deserve more than half the playing time. Mes was “coming on” in the 2nd half? He hit .243/.261/.382. after the All-Star break. It’s not like Hanigan is keeping Mike Piazza 2.0 out of the lineup.

        • @vanwilder8: Even those numbers are better than Hanigan’s. Hanigan’s going to be a year older. You might be the only Reds fan on the planet who wants to see him have MORE playing time. You’re never going to see what Mes is capable of until you start playing him regularly. We already know he can slug better than Hanigan ever has. It’s not even a competition in my opinion. It’s time to play Mes. The end.

        • @eric nyc: Those numbers were better than Hanigan THIS YEAR. In 2012, Hanigan hit .274/.365/.338, and people were openly campaigning for him to hit 2nd in the lineup. His BABIP was .216 in 2013 and he was hurt for most of the season. There’s no reason why he can’t bounce back to hitting .250/.350/.330 next year.

          How much playing time does Mes need before we know what he’s going to be capable of?

        • @vanwilder8: I’ll let you know when I see him play regularly for the first time in his major league career. You really don’t think Mes can do better than a .680 OPS with regular playing time? Dusty, is that you?

        • @vanwilder8: Hanigan’s 680 OPS was OBP-heavy and that’s a good thing. I’m not sure how good Mes’ offense can be but I will be willing to bet that he’s worth more than Hanigan in the batter’s box.

          I still feel that Hanigan is a superior defender but Mes made some big strides defensively last year. His actual receiving skills and plate-blocking took big steps forward. I think it’s those things, in combination with his power potential, that give Mes a chance to be the main guy this year behind the dish. I think we’ll see a 60/40 split with Mes getting most the playing time. I doubt you’ll see much more than that though, at least prior to the break.

        • @vanwilder8: In my opinion, the real issue here is that we KNOW Hannigan’s ceiling. We do NOT know Mesoraco’s ceiling. It’s obvious Mesoraco has more power and it’s obvious Hannigan is better defensivey RIGHT NOW. None of that matters. Mesoraco is the future of the organization at catcher. If he plays 80% of the games for an entire half season, I’ll be happy. And if he bats .240/.300/.380, I’ll start to change my tune.

          But, the upside is why we want Meso. The way I view it, the current ceiling of each player:

          Hannigan: .280/.360/.340
          Mesoraco: .280/.350/.500

          The power difference is really what makes it, I think. You gotta give him a try.

        • @vanwilder8: Hanigan and Meseraco bat very similar aginst right handed pitching but Meseraco bats .322 agaisnt lefties and Hanigan around 210. No one noticed that but it’s real. Seems like a no brainer, we need a batting coach to discipline Meseraco on right handed pitching and we have an all star catcher.

        • @vanwilder8: Hanigan and Meseraco bat very similar aginst right handed pitching but Meseraco bats .322 against lefties and Hanigan around 210. No one noticed that but it’s real. Seems like a no brainer, we need a batting coach to discipline Meseraco on right handed pitching and we have an all star catcher.

  26. Man, I really don’t like to gloat so I won’t. Predicted this exact situation to a T at the end of the regular season. Dusty had clearly lost his team (explain the final week of the regular season, the game in Pittsburgh and Dusty standing there in front of a national audience looking like a deer lost in the headlights when asked how he would stop his hitters from swinging at pitches in the dirt from Liriano. Dude, you were a long-time hitter in the NL – how in the world did you do it?). That and how Dusty mis-handled (actually didn’t handle) the BP situation (does his kid do whatever he wants to whenever he wants to – what in the world was his kid doing running up to the plate in a live NL playoff game? Dusty, ever heard of discipline?).

    So if Price can effectively make Chapman a SP, corral BP while lighting a fire under his butt (by getting BP to run out everything while giving max effort), stop his and the whole team’s shenanigans as well as the team picnics, as well as light a perpetual, season long fire under this team – then the Reds could really see some solid improvement. This all hinges of course on whether Chapman and BP will be with the Reds in 2014 since this is simply the first step in a reshaping this team in a very positive manner. Next, hire a hitting coach who can instill plate discipline in his hitters (ala, the Saint Louis Cardinals approach), get a right handed power hitter to play LF, and get Mez behind the plate on a regular basis.

    GO REDS!!

  27. The quotes from Bronson and the fact that Price was in favor of having Chapman in the rotation are pretty much enough reason for me to be happy with this decision. Go Reds. And Redsox.

    • @PRoseFutureHOFer: I liked this too, as the Red Sox are strong underdogs in the WS. Their fire, passion and leadership have gotten them to the pinnacle. Here’s hoping it will also lead the Sox to conquering the Cards.

    • @PRoseFutureHOFer: As far as I’m concerned there is no World Series this year. I can’t stomach rooting for the Red Sox. I’m not a Yankees fan at all, but living in the northeast you get a really good idea of just how horrible Boston sports fans are. This whole matchup is just the worst – Which fanbase is more working class hard scrabble under-appreciated and disrespected? Ugh.

  28. How about an AL pitching coach turned manager winning the WS this year and a NL pitching coach turned manager with the same level of success next year.

  29. Good move for the Reds and a real good opportunity for Bryan Price. He lives in Arizona in the off-season so he can get Chapman out there and get him prepared as a starter come April.

  30. Cincyreds2014, I am with you. This is our winning season not having Dusty back.

    The team was lost when Dusty was looking for someone else to lead. The manager cannot abdicate the role of leadership. He needs to identify and nurture the leadership characteristics in each player.

    Dusty continued to think that he could play without a perfect team. Perfect teams are built for the ground up through shared sacrifice, not bought on the free agent market.

    Loved the movie Van Wilder. His posts are way off. Mesoraco scored twice as many runs and had twice as many RBIS in 100 more abs (323 to 222). Scoring runs wins games.

    Thank you Ryan Hannigan for your years of faithful service. He is our back up catcher.

    Mesoraco is not only our catcher, but he can hit 4 or 6 in the order. Hannigan is an 7-8 hitter.

    Hitting Coaches? What is Greg Vaugn doing these days. He seemed to have some accountability in the 1999 season. He wasn’t afraid to call someone out. That would be refreshing

      • @vanwilder8: the difference between Mesoraco at the end of the year and Hannigan defensively was much smaller than the difference between them offensively.

        And preventing runs is not the issue. The Reds need to score more runs. That is why Corky Miller doesn’t catch regularly.

        BTW, Corky had 8 RBIS in 35 abs. Hannigan had 21 in 222 abs

        GLARING offensive weakness in 2013. Ryan played in about 45 games too many, hurt or not, he was hurting the teams chance to win

        • @reaganspad: Hanigan drove in 12% of his baserunners, same as Votto, better than Choo.

          Nice self-defeating logic, saying the Reds need to score more runs, saying Corky shouldn’t play, then mentioning he had 8 RBI in 35 AB.

        • @vanwilder8: The logic is that Corky doesn’t play because of his bat, which is better than Hannigan’s in 2013.

          I like Ryan, but hope he sees no more than 150 abs, or if the team values him as a starter, that they package him with Brandon Phillips.

          He is not the best starting catcher for the Reds

  31. How fitting this occurred on the anniversary of the Big Red Machine winning the 1975 World Series! It is an omen, I believe.

  32. Says the feed is live for the press conference but I’m not getting anything but a blank page at the moment. Does anyone know if it’s started?

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