Pinch-hit homer helps Padres snap four-game losing streak

His offense reeling again as another right-handed power arm settled into deep groove, Bud Black had good reason to turn to the 5-foot-6 Alexi Amarista in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon. Some of it even had to do with matchup logic. All of it did actually, even if the Padres manager saw the irony in the moment. “Some guys were giving me a hard time – you always play a guy...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Black's challenge denied, Padres move on and lose 5-1 to Dodgers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Two batters into Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Padres manager Bud Black wanted to challenge a play. The umpires said he wasn't quick enough. The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Padres 5-1, taking two of three. It took Black several seconds to come out of the dugout after Yasiel Puig laid down...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Not Easy Facing Up When Your Whole World Is Black

Let’s get this out of the way: The Padres aren’t firing Bud Black. First, they (unnecessarily) exercised the club options on his contract for 2014 and 2015. He’s safe through at least this season. You’re excited, I can tell. Second, there’s no obvious replacement already on the coaching staff. Third, that’s baseball. With that said, let’s have some fun with hypotheticals...
Via Padres Public
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bud Black Highly Regarded in Baseball Circles Despite Lack of Postseason

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe recently wrote an article ranking the top managers in MLB.  According to a “panel” of baseball people, including managers, coaches, scouts, players, and front office executives John Farrell is the best manager in baseball.  The Boston manager is the top manager in baseball according to the Boston based paper?  The journalistic integrity oozing...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

5 MLB Managers Likely Not To Return

The Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres are two teams that could have decisions to make moving forward. With half the season played, a number of teams are feeling the heat to make changes before 2014. Some offices are being forced to consider a change at skipper. Some guys fizzled fast, while others have held onto their post for some time. Let’s look at which managers...
Via Players View
July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres manager Bud Black will miss the intoxicating stench of Wrigley Field

While a lot of folks are eagerly anticipating the planned renovations to the decrepit Wrigley Field — Lance Berkman is probably part of that contingent — some folks with a more of a nose for nostalgia (as it were) aren’t as excited that the longtime home of the Chicago Cubs will be losing some of its trademark and quirky charm through the renovation process. Among those folks...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres pick up Black's option years

The San Diego Padres have exercised the 2014 and 2015 option years in manager Bud Black's contract. The club previously had extended Black's contract through 2013. Black replaced Bruce Bochy as manager before the 2007 season. He is 464-509 (.477) in six seasons, including a 90-72 mark in 2010. Black won the NL Manager of the Year Award that season. Also Monday, the Padres...
Via AP on Fox
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Padres pick up Black's options for 2013 and 2014

Bud Black recently completed his sixth season as the San Diego Padres' manager, and he has yet to guide the team to the postseason. He'll get at least two more chances to reach the playoffs after the Padres picked up his contract options for 2013 and 2014 on Monday. "Buddy has a keen insight into team dynamics and creates a great environment for the players and coaching...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Padres Release Statement on Passing of Darrel Akerfelds

"The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the loss of Bullpen Coach Darrel Akerfelds," said Padres Manager Bud Black. "Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff. He brought a tireless work ethic and compassion for baseball to the ballpark every day. He was a loyal Padre to the end.  Players and coaches were made better by Ak.  He will be sorely...
Via Friarhood
June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Friarhood Radio FanFest Recap - Garfinkel, Black and more.

Friarhood Radio was on location today during Padres FanFest.  An action packed three hours from the Tilted Kilt with myself, Judson Richards, and Cody Decker.  If you have never listened to FHR in the past, this week was a great time to start.  This week on the show: Tom Garfinkel - Spoke candidly on the new TV deal, dynamic pricing, and trying to compete in 2012 Bud Black...
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February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

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