So, there continue to be reports that Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is a candidate for the vacant Miami Marlins managerial job.

I have a couple of thoughts about these rumors. First, I think Bryan Price would be an excellent manager. He’s certainly an incredible pitching coach, and I’ve heard nothing but high praise for him since Price’s days in Arizona and Seattle. Second, I’d love to see Price be the next manager of the Reds (assuming Barry Larkin isn’t available, of course). Fay’s Price’s work with Cincinnati’s pitching staff has been nothing short of brilliant, and he deserves a large share of the credit for the 97-win season in 2012.

John Fay has an update today, saying that Mike Redmond appears to be the leading candidate for the Marlins job, and that Price has signed a new contract with the Reds. Until the ink dries on a Miami contract naming someone else manager, however, I’ll likely be concerned. Bryan Price is a valuable asset, and I hope the Reds can retain his services.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. assuming Barry Larkin isn’t available, of course

    Wow, really? I’d rather have someone with more coaching experience. As an Iowa fan I know that the best former players can end up being the very worst coaches.

    • Chad,

      Fay’s work with Cincinnati’s pitching staff has been nothing short of brilliant, and he deserves a large share of the credit for the 97-win season in 2012.

      I respectfully but ardently disagree on both points. First, I think Fay’s work with the pitching staffs was abhorant. 😛 Second, Price deserves the vast majority of credit for the 97-win season.

  2. Barry Larkin as Reds manager? I really like the sound of that. He may be THE ONLY person I’d be in favor of managing the Reds without experience.

  3. John Fay is the man!

  4. IMO, the Reds should do whatever they need to do to keep Bryan Price. (Within reason, of course.)

  5. @Shchi Cossack: Oops!

    Looks like one of the other editors fixed it for me. Sheesh…

  6. @Shchi Cossack: I think the scouting team deserves a lot of the credit as well.

  7. Definitely want Price back due to the great job he has done- yet he might also want to return. Coaching Cueto, Chapman, Latos, Bailey, Arroyo, Leake and the pen could be quite a good gig and it might just make you look like a genius as well. I freaking love the idea of a starting staf for 2013 being Cueto, Chapman, Latos, Bailey, Cingrani. Oldest pitcher would be 28, I believe and in their prime! Yish

  8. I agree that coaching guys like with talent like Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Arroyo, Chapman, and Cingrani makes an easier job for a pitching coach than a rival who works with career minor leaguers.

    How often do former pitchers become MLB managers? How often are they even considered as managers? Not very often, as far as I can tell. Are there any former pitchers who are currently managing? I don’t think so. It seems like the highest percentage of managers are former catchers and I’ve been surprised to see Price’s name even mentioned.

    I hope Bryan Price and Chris Speier return to the Reds.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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