Pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman have emerged as the frontrunners for the Cincinnati Reds' open managerial position, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. This comes just over a week after the ousting of Dusty Baker who had held the Reds' skipper role since 2008.
Price has long been considered among the best pitching coaches in the game. A former minor league pitcher, Price was a pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners from 2001 to 2006 before taking the same position with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom he coached until May of 2009 when he resigned following manager Bob Melvin's firing. In October of 2009, Price joined the Reds. Over the past 3 seasons, Price's pitchers have posted a 3.63 ERA, 7th best in baseball during that time.
The 60 year old Riggleman has previously managed the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Mariners, and Washington Nationals. He owns a career 112-179 record, with his best season coming in 1998 with the Cubs, when he led the team to 90 wins and a playoff berth as a Wild Card, his lone postseason appearance. Riggleman managed the Nationals from 2009 through June of 2011 when he resigned over a contractual dispute with the team's management. Following his departure, the Davey Johnson led Nationals would post a 98 win season in 2012 on their way to the club's first playoff berth since its time in Montreal.
It is unclear who else the Reds are considering at this time, but Fay writes that the rumors surrounding former star outfielder Paul O'neill's candidacy have been overstated.