Price made a ton of head scratching moves. When he took the job he said he was going to embrace new philosophies and not maintain outdated ways of thinking. Instead he chose to hit two of the worst OBP/OPS batters in the HISTORY (Hamilton/Peraza/any of the other multitude of 'fast guys') of baseball 1 and 2 in front of one of the best historically in Votto. Naming your best reliever your closer and only saving him for save situations instead of high leverage innings or for more than 3 outs at a time. Continually throwing lighter fluid like Kevin Gregg, Quakenbush, JJ Hoover, Gallardo, etc in high pressure situations instead of mop up duty. Gosselin and Pennington over Blandino. Duvall/Schebler over Winker. The Reds have been riddled with injuries the past few years and management is poor on many things. They consistently play with a short bench then retroactively send a guy to the DL. Just mind-numbing.
Just because he didn't have a lot to work with doesn't excuse much of this. Instead of attempting new ideas he conformed to old norms. Instead of helping with the rebuild by developing young players/pitchers he deferred to the AAAA veterans. Being a manager is more than just a line-up card. Its is maximizing the potential of the team. Price is 3-15 this year.
Love the Reds. The draft has been great the last few years for the Reds. We will see how this team looks in July when Senzel, Suarez, Votto, and Winker play everyday and hopefully DeScalfani, Homer, Finnegan, Lorenzen all get and remain healthy for a period of time.