After a 3-15 start to the 2018 season, the Cincinnati Reds replaced manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins on Thursday.
Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman will serve as the interim manager, Class AAA Louisville manager Pat Kelly will be promoted to serve as interim bench coach, and Class AA Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin will join the Reds’ Major League staff as a pitching coach.
Later in the year, the team will conduct a thorough managerial search for a permanent replacement.
“At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track. We realize it is early in the season but feel it is important to be proactive,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams. “In addition to these staff changes, we will continue to examine all aspects of Baseball Operations to ensure we are doing everything we can to improve.”
Riggleman managed in all or parts of 12 Major League seasons with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. He led the 1998 Cubs team to the National League Wild Card game.
The #Reds say they will conduct a thorough search for permanent manager later in year but Barry Larkin becomes leading candidate with John Farrell and Joe Girardi also expected to be in mix
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 19, 2018
The Reds have fired Bryan Price after 666 games as the team’s manager.
They had the MLB’s worst winning percentage since he took over (.419) and were off to a 3-15 start this season, which was the 2nd worst through 18 games for the team in the last 100 years. pic.twitter.com/IeTVn8aGuJ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 19, 2018
Bryan Price is fired having the 8th worst winning percentage by a manager in Reds history. He was 108 games under .500, which is tied for the lowest in team history.
Definitely wasn’t all his fault.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 19, 2018