We are not even 20 games into the young MLB season and the first managerial pink slip has been handed out. There was no doubt before the season that the Cincinnati Reds were rebuilding and that they weren’t going to be a playoff team. Last season, they finished with the 5th worst record and posted less than 70 wins. However, the expectations were a little higher as the young core had gained some experience last season and looked poised to win some more games. However, Bryan Price, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was unable to retain his job through the first month of the season.
They have started 3-15 and have lost 9 of their last 10 games. The offense has looked sluggish all season. They rank 28th in runs, 27th in batting average, and 27th in home runs. The pitching somehow has almost been worse than the hitting. They rank 29th with a team ERA of 5.42 and opponents are hitting .255 off the pitching staff. Trying to find a bright spot on this team has been very tough to do so far this season. They have no hitters hitting over .300 with catcher Tucker Barnhart leading the team at .277. Two of their everyday starters, Adam Duvall and Billy Hamilton, are hitting below a .200 clip. Even reigning NL MVP runner-up Joey Votto has struggled by his standards to begin the year. He is hitting .258 and has yet to hit a home run.
Bryan Price has gotten a free pass since his hiring in 2014. He replaced Dusty Baker, who had a decent amount of success as the Reds skipper. However, Price has had no success. He did not post a winning record in his 4 full seasons as manager. His best season was his first, when he led the Reds to a 76-86 record. The season before with Dusty Baker, the Reds finished 90-72. However, Price received a free pass for the terrible losing records in 2015, 2016, and 2017 because of the state of the team. The rebuild was on and everybody knew it. The Reds traded Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, and Zack Cozart, just to name a few. They acquired a ton of prospects in exchange.
However, this season was expected to go slightly better. The team was supposed to win more games than the last few seasons, but that has not been the case through 18 games. The Reds are already 9 games out of first place through 18. They are the worst team, by record, in all of baseball and do not look to be improving. I know it is early but the team is literally on pace to win 27 games. 27! This is the reason that Bryan Price’s free pass has been taken away by the Reds’ front office and he has been terminated. Jim Riggleman will take his place as an interim head coach while the Reds begin their managerial search for the 2nd time in 5 short years.