The Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Bryan Price after the team toiled through a 3-15 start in his fifth season with the club.
The Reds said in a statement Thursday morning that pitching coach Mack Jenkins has also been fired. Bench coach Jim Riggleman was named Cincinnati’s interim manager. The statement said the Reds will conduct a search for a permanent manager “later in the year.”
“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,” general manager Dick Williams said. “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.”
The Reds are nine games behind the Pirates in the NL Central. Overall, Price’s record with the Reds was 279-387. Since becoming the Reds’ manager in 2014, he never had a winning record.
Louisville (Triple-A) manager Pat Kelly was named Cincinnati’s bench coach and Pensacola (Double-A) pitching coach Danny Darwin was added to the major league staff.