The Cincinnati Reds are promoting from within, as pitching coach Bryan Price is set to be hired as manager, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday night.
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, though the team did not confirm Price's appointment.
The Reds fired manager Dusty Baker three days after they lost 6-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card game on Oct. 1. Cincinnati lost its final six regular-season games before the playoff defeat.
Baker was on the job for six years, posting a 509-463 record.
Price will serve as a manager for first time. He took over as the Reds' pitching coach before the 2010 season, and Cincinnati made the postseason in three of his four years on the job.
Before joining the Reds' staff, Price was the Seattle Mariners' pitching coach from 2001-06 and the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching coach from 2007 through May 2009.
Price, 51, was a pitcher in his playing days, but he never appeared in the major leagues. He spent five seasons in the 1980s in the farm systems of the California Angels and the Mariners.
The San Francisco native grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of California-Berkeley.
When Baker was fired, Price was endorsed for the managerial job by Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
"I think he'd be unbelievable (as manager)," Arroyo told the Enquirer. "He's a freaking smart guy. He makes his decisions on reasonable evidence. Sometimes in baseball we go by hunches, what someone else said or the way things have gone in the past. He doesn't do that."
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