Dealt losing hand, Price deserves to return
Gene Michael, or “Stick” as everybody called him, was a major league shortstop, a manager for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees, a Yankees general manager and a genius at evaluating talent. We grew up together in Akron and attended Akron East High School and Kent State University. Stick passed away last week and my fondest memory was playing basketball with him. He was a better basketball player than a baseball player. I outhit him in high school and he acknowledged that to everybody but made certain I told them how great he was on the basketball court. When I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame he surprised me by showing up at Cooperstown. He was quite a guy.
Manager Bryan Price is working under difficult circumstances as the Reds close in on a third straight last-place finish. Management has traded most of the Reds’ veterans, and the pitching staff is inexperienced.