Tony Wolters’ rapid development as catcher impresses Rockies manager Bud Black

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — When the Rockies claimed Tony Wolters off waivers from Cleveland a year ago, it seemed unlikely that he would leave spring training with the big league club. After all, he was a middle infielder in the Indians organization, and had just moved to the catching position before joining the Rockies last spring. Turned out he was a quick study. Wolters seized the...
Via The Denver Post
10 hours ago

Ian Desmond will spend spring trying to master first base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Ian Desmond no doubt was a big offseason acquisition for the Colorado Rockies, a proven offensive player who should flourish at Coors Field. But after six full seasons as a shortstop for the Washington Nationals and one season as a center fielder for the Texas Rangers, how quickly can he learn to play first base? ''Being an athletic first baseman, I will...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on February 21

The rain appears to have finally moved out from the Phoenix area and the Colorado Rockies can dive into their normal spring training routine. Of course, under first-year manager Bud Black, what was the “normal routine” last year has been tweaked to match more of Black’s style. So what’s been happening in the desert? The […] Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on...
Via Roxpile
1 day ago

Colorado Rockies: Some of the Best Quotes from the Past Week

With pitchers and catchers having reported to spring training for the Colorado Rockies, we thought it would be good to look back on some of the best quotes we heard this past week from new Colorado manager Bud Black as well as three of the pitchers who are expected to make an impact for the […] Colorado Rockies: Some of the Best Quotes from the Past Week - Rox Pile - Rox Pile ...
Via Roxpile
1 day ago

Bud Black cites pluses and minuses of three Rockies competing in WBC

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — International baseball is calling and will soon interrupt the Rockies’ spring training routine. New manager Bud Black thinks there is a lot more good than bad to the situation, even though three of his key players will miss time with the Rockies. Third baseman Nolan Arenado and left-handed reliever Jake McGee will represent the United States in the World Baseball...
Via The Denver Post
2 days ago

Black makes immediate impact on culture of new Colorado club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado's new manager inquired about what Gonzalez likes to do away from the field? Gonzalez shared that he and wife, Alexa, regularly do salsa dancing. Cue the salsa music - well, after two miscues playing merengue tunes before being...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Black reportedly interested in Rockies manager job

Could a return to the NL West be in the tea leaves for Bud Black? According to a report by Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post on Tuesday, Black has confirmed that he is interested in the Colorado Rockies’ vacant managerial position. Black, the former NL Manager of the Year, previously managed the San Diego Padres, going 649-713 (.477) in nine seasons before being fired in 2015...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Braves to interview Ron Washington, Bud Black

The Atlanta Braves will interview external candidates Ron Washington and Bud Black for their future managerial opening, reports Mark Bowman of Atlanta has interviewed a handful of internal candidates thus far. Interim manager Brian Snitker, bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, and third base coach Bo Porter have all met with Braves management for the...
Via The Outside Corner
October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Pat Murphy won't be back as Padres manager next year

Pat Murphy will not be getting the “interim” tag removed from his job title. Shortly after their regular season finale, the San Diego Padres announced that Murphy will not return as the team’s manager next season. The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Dennis Lin was first with the news on Twitter: Padres announce that interim manager Pat Murphy will not return in the same capacity...
Via The Outside Corner
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres fire manager Bud Black

By Joe Lucia Bud Black, the second longest-tenured and winningest manager in Padres history behind Bruce Bochy, was fired on Monday in the midst of his ninth season with the team. Black had a 649-713 record with the Padres, never made the playoffs, and finished above .500 just twice in his tenure with the team. After he won the 2010 Manager of the Year award, Black’s Padres...
Via The Outside Corner
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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