Price: Old school or new school?

A few things on Bryan Price didn’t make the main stories we have on MLB.com. One of the questions that came up is whether Price will embrace advanced statistics or go by the “old school” book in making his decisions and strategy.

“I’ve had a chance to watch a lot of good managers,” Price replied. “You have to use statistical analysis to understand certain themes and certain percentages and certain matchups. That’s definitely a growing part of the game. In the same respect, you have to understand the ability of your team and the guys that you’re using in those situations. What are we asking somebody to do? Is it something they can do well or are we just going to play the numbers game of whether to bunt or take or matchup pitching, etc. I will say this: of all the things I didn’t like doing a great dealing was when we had a lot of situational pitchers, matchup guys. I never really enjoyed the matchup game with relief pitchers.”

On what type of manager he might be… Price noted he worked under managers like Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella, Mike Hargrove and Bob Melvin.

“I’ve learned a lot from Dusty,” Price said. “I’ve been around a lot of great people in baseball for 30 years. What I feel any manager is or any coach is going to be a compilation of people that they’ve had in their lives. …

“This is going to be a compilation. There are a lot of things that I took from my four years of being with Dusty. I’ll definitely utilize that as well as the other people I’ve been around.”

Price on the team that he has inherited and being accountable:

“Where we are is a very talented group. I think a team that’s capable of doing even more. We should talk very optimistically about the three playoff appearances in the last four years. It’s been somewhat discredited because we haven’t gotten beyond the first round. Considering where we were the 15 years prior, it’s definitely a step in the right direction but we all have expectations of getting beyond that.”

“A lot of things in the game are black and white – preparation, effort and energy are things we need to bring to the field every day. And we’ve got to be able to pull and pull for each other and hold each other accountable to take this talent to the very next level. I think we’re capable of doing that.”

5 Comments

Watching this postseason it has become obvious to me that the Reds are no match, mentally and emotionally, for the Cardinals.

True, true.

Anyone is better than Dusty. The players like the choice of Price so that’s good enough for me.

I do not envy the task that confronts a modern era baseball manager. Back in the day, players were baseball players. Now they are more businessmen and concerned with their own stats and what that means for future revenue. With the potential for astonomical earning power, why would they ever “go all out” and risk injury that could cost them millions. How do you motivate someone that already has several lifetimes of normal income in the bank and potentially much more where that came from? ( ex. see Joey Votto)

Mike H.,
I do not like your implication that Joey Votto is unmotivated. Votto’s work ethic, by all accounts I’ve seen, is among the strongest on the team. While I agree with your general post, that managing a baseball team is difficult, I believe your cheap shot at Votto is completely unfounded.

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