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Marvin Lewis

What gets a manager fired? One really bad stretch

The line for losing a job is clear in most professional sports — cross the front office, wrangle with the star player, flame out in the playoffs, or put together one historically bad run at the start of a season.

Bryan Price knows all about the last one.

The Cincinnati Reds were as bad as they've ever been for a three-week span in April, costing Price his job. On Thursday, the Reds made Price the first manager fired in the majors this season, giving him the very quick hook after a 3-15 start that's their worst since the Great Depression.

It's the first time a major league manager has been fired in April since 2002, when four of them failed to make it through the...