The Cincinnati Reds are off to a horrid 3-15 start, currently the worst record in the major leagues. One of those three wins was over the Cubs (the others: one each over the Pirates and Brewers), and the Reds decided to finally cut the cord with manager Bryan Price:
The Reds have announced they are replacing manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman is interim manager, Louisville manager Pat Kelly is bench coach, and Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin is major league staff.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 19, 2018
Jim Riggleman last managed in the major leagues in 2011, when he suddenly resigned as manager of the Nationals with a 38-37 record when the team wouldn’t pick up his 2012 option. This is Riggleman’s fourth season as a Reds coach, and he managed the Cubs from 1995-99, finishing with a 374-419 record and one playoff appearance, the 1998 wild-card team. The 793 games Riggleman managed for the Cubs is fifth-most in franchise history. It’s not noted how long Riggleman will retain the managing gig in Cincinnati, though frequently interim managers finish out the season where they are given that tag.
Price, meanwhile, leaves with 666 (!) games managed for the Reds and a 279-387 record, good for a .419 winning percentage, second-worst in Reds franchise history for anyone who managed more than 207 games.
Price was previously pitching coach for the Reds and well-regarded in that role, but seemed over his head as a manager. He’ll probably be most remembered for a profane rant he went on in 2015 when a Reds beat writer was looking for information. Price dropped 77 F-bombs in that rant, perhaps an all-time record, though no one likely keeps such information.
The Cubs will next meet the Reds in Cincinnati from May 18-20, a four-game series which will include a makeup of the game rained out there April 3. The Reds don’t come to Wrigley Field until July 6, just before the All-Star break.