Cincinnati Reds add another possible replacement for Bryan Price

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The Cincinnati Reds hired John Farrell as a scout and potential replacement for manager Bryan Price.

The Cincinnati Reds are slowly collecting a group of leaders that could replace their embattled manager, Bryan Price.  He is 276-372.  That’s as many loses as Fred Hutchinson.

Of course, Hutchinson won 443 games as the Reds’ skipper.  He also led the team to the National League Championship in 1961.  He managed the Reds for five seasons’ worth of games.

Price is about to enter his fifth season as the Reds’ manager.  He would have to go undefeated, essentially, to catch Hutchinson.  That isn’t happening.

Which is why the Reds are gearing up to replace Price.  They have former manager Jim Riggleman on the major league staff.  They also have Buddy Bell as the new vice president for the team.

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Riggleman has managed four big league clubs in his career.  He has a disappointing 662-824 record.  However, he made the playoffs with the Cubs and was leading the Nationals to the playoffs in 2011 when he walked away.

Bell has a likewise weak record as a manager of 519-724.  He never made the playoffs, but hade three rebuilding assignments.  His clubs in Colorado, essentially played .500 ball.

The Cincinnati Reds just added the cream of the replacement crop.

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The Reds also recently hired former Red Sox skipper John Farrell.  The company line is that he is not there for Price’s job.  The truth is that he should be.

Farrell was a decent, but not spectacular manager for the Toronto Blue Jays.  He had a 154-170 record over two seasons for the Jays.  They did not make the playoffs either year.

He managed the Boston Red Sox for the next five years.  During that time he was 432-378 as a manager.  The Red Sox also won the 2013 World Series in his first year as a manager.

This continued a trend in baseball that no manager has won the World Series in his first MLB managerial job since 2002.

This was Farrell’s second job and the experience showed.  The Red Sox won the division in both 2016 and 2017.

Prior to managing, Farrell was the pitching coach for the Red Sox under Terry Francona from 2007-2010.  His first year as a pitching coach the Reds Sox won the World Series.  Farrell makes an impact when he arrives.

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The Reds need to have replacements ready for Price.  Riggleman is a moderate choice, while Bell is a choice if the rebuild will continue.  Farrell, however, is the man you want to manage when you are ready to win!