In what also included a significant overhaul of their major-league coaching staff, the Cincinnati Reds fired Bryan Price as their manager on Thursday morning. Triple-A Louisville manager Pat Kelly will be the bench coach, and Danny Darwin was promoted from Double-A Pensacola to serve as pitching coach.
The last-place club has lost 10 of its last 11 games and trails the division-leading Pirates by nine games in the NL Central.
In Bryan Price's four years as manager, the Reds went through a slow, but steady rebuilding process, as they traded away some of their best players, including the likes of Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier, and dealt with instability in their pitching rotation.
The Reds never won more than 76 games in a single season during his tenure, and they won less than 70 in each of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 campaigns. I think we need to get to the field, get ready to play and get ready to win. They have to play the game hard and play it smart and play it right.
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Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a four-year, $57-million contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43.
Bryan Price is the first Major League Baseball manager to be fired this season. Top starter Anthony DeSclafani is sidelined indefinitely with a strained oblique - he missed all last season with an elbow injury - and left-hander Brandon Finnegan has been limited to one start by a biceps injury.
The hope was that the Reds would take a step forward behind a potent offense as a young pitching staff matured. Baker was sacked after a wild-card defeat to Pittsburgh in 2013, and Price was promoted from pitching coach.
In his 12 seasons as a manager, Riggleman's only playoff appearance came with the Cubs in 1998, but they were swept in the National League Division Series. Rookies made a club-record 110 starts in 2015, when the Reds lost 98 games.