Marlins pitching coach search
On the radar for the Marlins’ pitching coach position is Bryan Price.
The Marlins, however, are not alone.
“He’s on everybody’s list,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Marlins have contacted Price, who has drawn interest from a few other teams, including the Reds.
Years ago, Florida president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest worked for the Mariners when Price also was in the organization.
There also is speculation that Price may be waiting to see what Bob Melvin does. Melvin and Price are close friends, and both opened the season with the Diamondbacks. But when Melvin was dismissed as manager, Price stepped down out of loyalty.
Melvin is a candidate for the Astros managerial job.
The Marlins are in the market for a pitching coach after Mark Wiley was not retained. The team also has a bullpen coaching position open because Steve Foster turned down a contract to return.
There are a number of names on the market who are drawing attention for pitching coach jobs. Not all necessarily choices for the Marlins. But these are names within the industry that are being tossed around for a number of teams.
Carl Willis was recently released as pitching coach of the Indians. Chuck Hernandez was athe Indians bullpen coach before being dismissed.
A name to keep an eye on is Bryan Harvey, an original Marlin, who is the pitching coach for Double-A Tulsa in the Rockies system. Harvey’s son, Kris, pitched for Florida’s Class A Jupiter squad this season.
Rick Peterson is a front-runner for the Brewers pitching coach job. He formerly was with the A’s and Mets. Peterson has also been linked to the Reds.
Dick Pole was dismissed earlier this month as the Reds pitching coach, but he is highly respected.
Another possible candidate to return as a big league pitching coach is Tom Hume, formerly with the Reds.
– Joe Frisaro