The Phillies introduced their new manager on Monday and today announced that Bryan Price would be joining the team as the club’s new pitching coach. Price last served as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds prior to being fired in April of 2018. Prior to that, Price was a pitching coach for the Reds from 2010-2013 and served as the pitching coach for the Diamondbacks (2006-2009) and the Mariners (2000-2005).
Price received recommendations from former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and current TV analyst Ben Davis. Both players spent time with the Mariners while Price was the pitching coach in Seattle. Former Phillies GM Pat Gillick was also the GM of the Mariners during Price’s tenure with in Seattle.
For five months in 2009, Price worked as a consultant with the Phillies when then GM Pat Gillick hired him to give input on the minor league pitching staffs. He told reporters that he remembers that time fondly and that it had an impact on him as a pitching coach.
Former Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild seemingly was the favorite to get the job, having coached under new manager Joe Girardi with the Yankees. It was reported that Price turned down pitching coach positions with at least two teams prior to accepting the Phillies offer. He also reportedly turned down offers to work as a pitching coach or bench coach following last season, preferring at that time to continue to pursue a job as a major league manager.
Currently, Price is working with Team USA, which has big games in Mexico this weekend in hopes of qualifying for the Olympics.
Price will be the Phillies third pitching coach in as many seasons. Rick Kranitz held the job prior to being let go by the Phillies after last season when they elevated assistant pitching coach Chris Young to the position. Young was fired following this past season after a number of pitchers took steps backward in their development. Kranitz wasn’t thought to have enough analytical experience, while Young stressed data over mechanics and lost many of the pitchers. Price is a mix of old and new, with an emphasis on mechanics, but some knowledge of analytics and the willingness to learn more and use data to help pitchers progress.
The Phillies still need to hire a hitting coach for Girardi’s staff.