CINCINNATI -- As he approached his first All-Star break as a big league manager on Sunday, Bryan Price reflected on the first half of the season and the lessons he's learned. He said the biggest, for him personally, was to not over-critique his own managing decisions.
"[Saturday] was a great example," Price said. "There were a couple opportunities there to bunt, and I chose not to because the baserunners weren't real speed guys and I felt like there was a chance we could bunt ourselves into a forceout and waste an out. I used three pitchers to pitch the eighth inning in a game where we were up by a run. If that was a tie game, I wouldn't have done that; I probably would have gone to [Manny] Parra but not brought [Jumbo] Diaz in.
"But these are the things you think about over time -- that you should be more active on the hit-and-run, things of that nature. But I know that that's why you see these [managers] with white hair in their 40s and 50s. I'm well on my way, but I'm trying to keep the dark hair as long as possible. But even as a pitching coach, self-persecution is something that you do, and I'm trying not to do that."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.