Bud Black has been named as the new team manager for the Colorado Rockies after Walt Weiss stepped down from the position last October. Weiss was with the team for the past four seasons and the Rockies will replace him with Black, who was a former manager for the San Diego Padres.
According to reports, the Atlanta Braves were also interested in Black but went with Brian Snitker. Some rumors also state that the Washington Nationals offered the managerial position for Black but both sides could not agree to a deal.
“I’m really excited and really happy to hear the news. I think this can be a huge plus for us. I don’t know Bud personally, but I have heard great things about him. I’ve already talked to some of his former players from San Diego and all I’ve heard is great things about him,” 3B Nolan Arenado stated in the Denver Post.
— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2016
Just got confirmation that Bud Black will be the #Rockies next manager. Excited for a great baseball mind to lead this young talented team
— Jenny Cavnar (@jennycavnar) November 7, 2016
Can confirm #Rockies are naming Bud Black their manager
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 7, 2016
Bud Black was a former pitcher in MLB playing for various teams in including stints with the Kansas City Royals (1982 to 1988), Cleveland Indians (1988 to 1990 and 1995) and San Francisco Giants (1991 to 1994). He also had short stints with the Seattle Mariners (1981) and Toronto Blue Jays (1990).
Black was a coach for the Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2000–2006) before joining the Padres as manager in 2007. He was in San Diego for almost nine seasons and won the National League Manager of the Year in 2010. Black became the third former pitcher to win a Manager of the Year Award after Tommy Lasorda and Larry Dierker won the award.
Bud Black from the 2007 to 2015 seasons recorded a 649-177 record with the Padres or just 47.7% winning percentage.
The Rockies went 75-87 in the 2016 MLB regular season. By hiring Bud Black, they hope to make the postseason next year.