Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Padres Exercise Black's Options

Bud Black
The Padres have announced that they have exercised manager Bud Black's 2014 and 2015 club options. The 55-year old lefty owned a 121-116 record with a 3.84 ERA as a player, and owns a 464-509 record with San Diego as the manager. Remember, some of those season involved Luis Rodriguez as the starting SS. He has led this team since Bruce Bochy managed the club, and has seen all these players grow more than anybody else. Since 2007 we have had 3 different owners and 3 different GM's, a little stability is nice once in a while. Every GM in San Diego since Buddy came in has given him the stamp of approval. Josh Byrnes, the current GM, said this in a press release:

“Buddy has a keen insight into team dynamics and creates a great environment for the players and coaching staff,” said Byrnes.  “He is a gifted leader with a terrific mind for the game and a genuine interest and curiosity related to all areas of our organization.”

I've got to say, this coaching staff could be one of the best in baseball, Balsley and Plantier have been essential to the success and development of these young players. The minor league coaching staff took a hit, as San Antonio (AA) manager John Gibbons was hired by Toronto.

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