I’m not sure if this qualifies as a vote of confidence or simply delaying the inevitable, but Reds owner Bob Castellini told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that manager Bryan Price will not be fired before the end of the season.
His exact quote:
Bryan is our manager. We’re not making a change this year. You look at everything after the season. But that’s not something we’re going to get into now. Bryan’s our manager.
Castellini could have just as easily taken things a step further and said Price’ job is safe for 2016 as well, but he didn’t do that and … well, it seems like a decent bet that the manager will be let go after the Reds finish their disappointing season.
Price is 128-160 (.444) since taking over for Dusty Baker last year and the Reds are in full-on rebuilding mode, trading away Johnny Cueto and several other key veterans. Price is under contract for 2016, but he’s received little praise for the job he’s done, clashes with the local media over silly issues, and is currently in charge of a team that’s lost 12 of the last 13 games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.