Price to retire

October 18th, 2020

The Phillies announced today that pitching coach Bryan Price has opted to retire from a full-time coaching capacity.

After being hired on October 31, 2019, Price, 58, served the Phillies as pitching coach for one season in which he guided a starting rotation that finished third among all major league staffs in WAR at 6.9 behind only the Cincinnati Reds (8.1) and Cleveland Indians (7.8). Phillies starters’ 3.64 combined xFIP was second-best in MLB (best: CLE, 3.51) and their 49.1% ground ball rate was second in MLB behind only the Milwaukee Brewers (49.2%).

Under Price, Phillies starters improved their ERA from 4.64 in 2019 to 4.08 this season and they reduced their home runs per 9.0 innings pitched from 1.61 in 2019 to 1.10 this past year.

“Bryan provided a trusted voice and had a major impact on our pitchers this season,” said Phillies interim general manager Ned Rice. “We wish Bryan nothing but the best in his retirement and thank him for his contributions this past season.”

Prior to 2020, Price managed the Cincinnati Reds for five seasons from 2014-18 and served as Reds pitching coach from 2010-13. Before his time in Cincinnati, Price spent 10 combined seasons as pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006-09 and the Seattle Mariners from 2000-05.