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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who is set to compete in her first Olympic Games since 2010, says she wants to represent Americans, but not President Donald Trump.
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” she told CNN Thursday.
“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent -- what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” she said. “I want to represent our country well and I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
Vonn said, “Absolutely not,” when asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House should she win gold.
“No. But I have to win to be invited,” she said. “No, actually, I think every US team member is invited so no, I won’t go.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
— Jim Riggleman is the interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Bryan Price after the latter was fired Thursday.
Here are five things to know about the new man in charge:
1. The 65-year-old has been involved in professional baseball since 1974.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Riggleman out of Frostburg State in the fourth round in 1974.
He spent eight seasons playing in the minor leagues, mostly in Double-A.
2. Riggleman has previously managed four MLB teams.
The New Jersey native managed the Padres from late 1992-94 then spent five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, part of one with the Seattle Mariners and two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals.
3. His best team won 90 games.
The 1998 Chicago Cubs went 90-73 under Riggleman and won the National League Wild card.
That team’s second-place finish is the highest for any of Riggleman’s teams. His career record as a manager is 662-824, a .445 winning percentage.
Hunter Greene battles elements in second start for Dayton Dragons https://t.co/KNa9vchqJZ— daytonsports (@daytonsports) April 19, 2018
4. Riggleman famously walked out of the Nationals in 2011.
Washington finished in third place in 2011, but Riggleman wasn’t around to see it.
He resigned in June over a dispute about his job security.
“I know what the right thing to do is,” Riggleman said at the time according to the Washington Post. “You don’t keep a manager on a one-year deal in major league baseball. I’m not happy about it. I just feel in my heart it’s the right thing to do.”
5. 2018 is Riggelman’s seventh season working for the Reds.
He joined the Reds player development department in 2012 as manager of Double-A Pensacola before spending two years managing the Triple-A Louisville Bats.
He joined the major-league club as third base coach in 2015 and was in his third season as bench coach before being promoted Thursday.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:41 AM
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds, who are off to their worst start through 18 games since 1931, fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins on Thursday.
“At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams in a statement. “We realize it is early in the season but feel it is important to be proactive. In addition to these staff changes, we will continue to examine all aspects of Baseball Operations to ensure we are doing everything we can to improve."
Bench coach Jim Riggleman will serve as interim manager. He has managed 12 seasons in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. His career record is 662-824.
Pat Kelly was promoted from Triple-A Louisville to serve as interim bench coach. Double-A Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin will be the Reds’ pitching coach.
The Reds have announced they are replacing manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman is interim manager, Louisville manager Pat Kelly is bench coach, and Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin is major league staff.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 19, 2018
The Reds announced they “will conduct a thorough managerial search for a permanent replacement.”
The Reds fell to 3-15 on Wednesday with a loss in Milwaukee. They are off today and start a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday. They have the worst record in baseball. This is their worst record through 18 games since they were 2-16 in 1931.
This was Price’s fifth season as Reds manager. His final record was 279-387. The Reds never had a winning record in his tenure, finishing 76-86 in his first season and then 64-98 in 2015, 68-94 in 2016 and 68-94 in 2017.
Price, 55, replaced Dusty Baker after the Reds won the wild card in 2013. Price served as Reds pitching coach from 2010-13.
On Sunday at Great American Ball Park after the team fell to 2-12 with a loss to the Cardinals the previous day, Price expressed confidence the Reds would turn the season around.
“It’s not fun,” Price said. “It’s not comfortable. It always turns; it will turn. When you’re in it, you feel, ‘When is it going to turn?’ You get impatient. We’re all impatient and frustrated, but inevitably, it will turn.”
Last September, Price talked about his job prospects, knowing the Reds would have to improve if he wanted to remain manager.
“You should get what you earned,” he said. “Since I’ve been the manager here we haven’t been real competitive. That shouldn’t put me on sound footing as the manager. What should is that from 2017 to 2018 we make significant improvements or they’re going to have to look at the direction of the club. One thing we do is we play hard. I don’t feel like I’m getting questioned a ton about managerial decisions, bullpen usage, lineup issues, etc. The last thing I’m going to worry about is the contract, because All-Star break 2015, the baseball community had me out of here – but I’m still here, and that’s really a credit to our ownership and front office to understand what we’re doing and what’s ahead of us. You get what you earn here. Until we show signs of great improvement, I’m in exactly the position I should be in.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:34 AM
CINCINNATI — 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."
Photos: Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price through the years https://t.co/jHtNloEFxT— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) April 19, 2018
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."
» INTERIM MANAGER: Five things to know about Jim Riggleman
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.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
— The Reds on Thursday fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins after the team got off to a disastrous 3-15 start to the season.
Here’s a sampling of reaction to the news on social media:
The #Reds have fired Bryan Price, which means that I can finally pop open the champagne that I have been sitting on since January when I was expecting to open it after the #Bengals announced their new head coach.— 34inXXIII (@34inXXIII) April 19, 2018
I was watching a lot of different baseball games yesterday afternoon and was surprised that Bryan Price was still the Reds manager. If any team in baseball needs a change in culture, it’s Cincinnati.— Drew Steele (@DrewMetal14) April 19, 2018
Firing Bryan Price doesn’t make the Reds roster suck any less— Zachariah (@Zvallee11) April 19, 2018
I tend to agree with the Reds that Bryan Price is a bad manager. That said, April 19 is a pretty insane time to be firing your manager and pitching coach, right?— Matt Janik (@MattJanik) April 19, 2018
You have a talent problem, not a management problem.
I'm trying to think of a reaction to the Bryan Price firing, but all I can come up with is that the Reds seem like a troubled franchise. So there. That's my take.— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) April 19, 2018
On our Reds Facebook page, fans have already suggested Pete Rose, Chris Sabo, Barry Larkin and Dusty Baker as candidates to be the next Reds manager. Hopefully, the the Reds front office doesn't start their search by reading Facebook comments.— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) April 19, 2018
On the Reds: Not all rebuilding teams are going to succeed. Reds banking on young pitching, and at the moment their 5.42 ERA is worst in majors. If their pitching doesn’t develop, then what?— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 19, 2018
Difficult to sign free- agent pitching as a low-revenue team in a hitter-friendly park.
I’m not a Bryan Price fan by any means but this move doesn’t fix anything. It might fix a clubhouse in terms of a new voice but this roster is bad, bad, bad. Considering what went down, who would want this job. Front office has done nothing with this roster.— Dan Ryan (@DaMonkeyUC) April 19, 2018