"I care a lot about Bryan, and I have a great deal of respect for him and enjoyed working with him and for him," Reds first baseman Joey Votto said. "We've got to just play better ball."
Pitching coach Mack Jenkins was also dismissed. Triple-A manager Pat Kelly was promoted to interim bench coach to replace Riggleman, and Double-A pitching coach Danny Darwin was promoted to interim pitching coach.
Second baseman Scooter Gennett said the players found out the same time as the media.
"I feel like if we didn't have the off-day, it would probably be a little different," Gennett said. "I think we'll have some type of team meeting and go from there."
Gennett said the team owes it to Price to play better.
"Obviously we've had a rough stretch here the first couple of weeks," Gennett said. "But knowing Bryan, he would want us to keep after it and turn this thing around. Even though he's not here right now, I know that he wants the best for us, and I think we owe him that."
Votto said the team will rally around Riggleman.
"He's our manager, and I've got to make sure that I prepare and do as well as I can for him as the new manager," Votto said.
Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis.