It has gotten lost in the shuffle to some extent, but Reds first-year pitching coach Bryan Price has done a solid job this season. (Or perhaps Dick Pole was just so bad that anyone looks great in comparison. But I digress.)
And when I say “first-year pitching coach” I mean with the Reds. Price has plenty of experience in the field as he was the Seattle Mariners’ pitching coach from 2001-06. He then had the same gig with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-09, but resigned on May 7, ’09, in an act of solidarity to manager Bob Melvin who was fired and replaced by A.J. Hinch.
Price, obviously not afraid to speak his mind or make bold decisions, said Hinch was “not qualified” to be a Major League manager when he resigned. I love non-politically-correct people in a very PC world.
The Reds gobbled him up on Oct. 17, 2009 and it’s paying big dividends. Yes, he has a lot of talent to work with, but the 48-year-old Price is getting the most out of his young guns. Plus, the one veteran in the current rotation, Bronson Arroyo, is on his way to a career year.
Price was never a big league pitcher, but he did pitch five seasons in the minors. He has a no-nonsense approach, but he’s not too over-the-top with his pitchers. He’s direct without being condescending. I’ve heard Reds pitchers say this year he knows how to build confidence, not tear it down. Overall, I just think he was a nice pickup in the offense, one that I haven’t heard many people talk or write about.