Bryan Price will not be Phillies' pitching coach

Bryan Price will not be Phillies' pitching coach
October 22, 2013, 9:30 am
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Bryan Price is expected to be named manager of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. (USA Today Images)

The Cincinnati Reds will name Bryan Price as their manager on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
 
How does this affect the Phillies?
 
Well, Price was believed to have been the Phillies’ top choice for their vacant pitching coach job.
 
Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has been extremely tight-lipped on his search for a successor to Rich Dubee, whose contract was not renewed after nine seasons as pitching coach. Some baseball observers believed Amaro was waiting for Price's status to clear. He had been the Reds' pitching coach under Dusty Baker, who was let go after the Reds' playoff exit earlier this month.
 
The Phillies know Price well. He was Seattle’s pitching coach during Pat Gillick’s time as general manager of that club in the early 2000s. Gillick was the Phillies’ GM from 2006-08 and has remained with the club as an influential front-office adviser. Price, a favorite of former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, actually worked for the Phillies on a consultant’s basis in 2009.
 
The 51-year-old Price is fluent in Spanish. That would have been a plus to the Phillies as they get ready to add Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to the starting rotation in 2014.
 
Amaro has said he has no timetable for naming a pitching coach. The only two known candidates are Rod Nichols, a longtime minor-league coach in the Phillies' system and the team’s 2013 bullpen coach, and Reid Cornelius, the Miami Marlins’ bullpen coach. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported Cornelius’ candidacy.
 
“We’re taking our time on this one because it’s a very important decision,” Amaro said last week. “We could make a hire right now -- one or two or three of the people we’ve already interviewed. We like what we’ve seen so far. But we’re trying to do our due diligence and see if there are other candidates.”
 
Dubee is a candidate for the Baltimore Orioles’ pitching coach job.