Bryan Price got more time than Tony Perez in the sense that this was his fifth season. However, the Reds fired Perez 44 games into the 1993 season, and Price lasted only 18 games in 2018.
The news of Price’s firing broke Thursday morning as the Reds announced the decision first on Twitter. It’s the earliest in a season the Reds have fired a manager — at least in the modern era.
Here’s a quick glance at the managers the Reds have let go during a season in the last 25 years:
2007: The Reds fired Jerry Narron on July 1. The Reds were 31-51 at that point. It was Narron’s third season. He was 157-179. Pete Mackanin was named interim manager.
"It was very disappointing because I know this ball club can be very, very competitive," Narron said then. "We were in nearly every game, we just couldn't seem to get it done. In that last month, we were given no chance to get better."
2005: The Reds fired Dave Miley on June 21 after a 27-43 start. He was 125-164 in three seasons.
"Yeah, I'm bummed, no doubt about that," Miley said then. "I love baseball and loved the job. But, obviously, something had to happen. We weren't playing good, we weren't winning. It was only a matter of time."
2003: The Reds fired Bob Boone on July 28. The Reds were 46-58 at that point. He was 190-238 in three seasons. General Manager Jim Bowden was fired at the same time.
"None of these guys have gone out there and played as badly as we have," Reds shortstop Barry Larkin said at the time. "But they took the blame. That's how this game can be. When a team's losing, someone has to take the fall."
1997: The Reds were 43-56 on July 25 when they fired Ray Knight. He was 81-81 the previous season, his first as manager.
“If the players don't believe in you, you are in big trouble," Knight said at the time. "The key is you have to win. I hate losing. Maybe the intensity I brought with that maybe rubbed some people the wrong way."
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1993: The Big Red Machine legend Perez was fired on May 24. The Reds were 20-24. It was his first season.
"It's not fair,” Perez said, “and I don't know if I was cheated, but I'd say it was a raw deal. I did a good job.”