Jul 10, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price, left, talks with right fielder Skip Schumaker, right, in the second inning during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Given the slew of injuries that have afflicted the Reds, and their general inability to hit the baseball, it seems like a minor miracle that they’re less than two games off the division lead at the All-Star break. Some of that can be chalked up the general mediocrity that parity and expanded playoffs have wrought across baseball, but it’s hard to discount the notion that first-year manager Bryan Price has played a large part in the team’s success. We can quibble with his lineup choices or the fact that he has Johnny Cueto on pace for more innings than ever before, but Price has the Reds poised to contend. That’s what matters right now, at the All-Star break, and Price deserves his kudos.
Grade : A