The Nine Lives Of Bud Black

Baseball aficionados are a particularly zealous bunch. This opinionated group has views on every facet of the game, such as who is over/under/properly rated, who should be starting, which coaches ought to be fired, and why a pitcher’s mechanics may be out of whack. No matter the judgment or level of expertise, baseball fans have an answer or theory for everything that goes on....
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres hire former outfielder Mark Kotsay as hitting coach

  Recently retired big leaguer Mark Kotsay was hired Monday as hitting coach of the San Diego Padres, a job with precious little security. Kotsay is the seventh person to hold the job since spacious Petco Park opened in 2004. By comparison, the Padres have had only two managers since then, Bruce Bochy and Bud Black. Kotsay replaces Phil Plantier, who was fired after the end of last...
Via AP on Fox
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres name Mark Kotsay hitting coach

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres announced today they have named Mark Kotsay hitting coach. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller and Manager Bud Black made the announcement. Kotsay, who will turn 39 years of age tomorrow, will assume his first professional coaching role. After retiring from his playing career following the 2013 season, he spent the 2014 season in...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Found Poem: Bud Black’s Year in Quotes

One He’s weighing those options now, working through some decisions. He said he was 100 percent, he was fine. Then just that freak incident on the steps. He had the bat in his hand and he felt something in his forearm. Two We have to hope for the best in the future. Three He’s structurally intact. He’s feeling better, and he’s doing fine. It’s just been a slower recovery...
Via Padres Public
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabermetrics in the booth

Those tuning in to Fox Sports 1 last Saturday night were treated to something a little different.  Fox decided to run an “alternative broadcast” featuring former Mets sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt leading Rob Neyer, Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black in a sabermetrics-filled broadcast. While it did have its hiccoughs early on, the broadcast...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Random Bits and Bites Thrown Together and Cooked Down to a Tasteless Broth of Opinion

I call it a “Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage” It’s been a while since I wrote anything that wasn’t a While You Were Drinking or a news item.  And let’s be honest.  There’s only so many ways someone can say “this team sucks” and not come off as a total prick.  But make no mistake, this Padres team definitely sucked this year. Yeah, sure, they...
Via Padres Public
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

FS1 to air alternate telecast of NLCS Game 1 featuring Bud Black

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fans will be able to watch an alternate telecast of Game 1 of the NL Championship Series focused on sabermetrics. The main broadcast of Saturday's opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will be on Fox. Cable channel Fox Sports 1 will also show it, with extended replays and statistical analysis of batter-pitcher matchups, umpiring tendencies...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

American League Wild Card: A’s @ Royals

This has absolutely nothing to do with the Dodgers. It does not matter. There’s one baseball game on tonight. Everyone will be watching it. You will be, too, so here’s a place to talk about it. A’s Royals 5:00 p.m. Kansas City, Mo. CF Crisp SS Escobar LF Fuld RF Aoki 3B Donaldson CF Cain...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

New Padres GM: Bud Black returning as manager in 2015

  Arguably the worst year in San Diego Padres history ended with an eighth straight season out of the playoffs and manager Bud Black still employed. Now it's new general manager A.J. Preller's turn to start putting his stamp on a team that has good pitching, is in desperate need of impact bats and continues to struggle early in the season and then plays well when it's too late to...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Black back with Padres despite playoff drought

SAN DIEGO (AP) Arguably the worst year in San Diego Padres history ended with an eighth straight season out of the playoffs and manager Bud Black still employed. Now it's new general manager A.J. Preller's turn to start putting his stamp on a team that has good pitching, is in desperate need of impact bats and continues to struggle early in the season and then plays well when it...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

A Merciful End

Hi there! I haven’t been around for awhile. A combination of toddler wrangling and a poor product on the field has lead to neither the time nor motivation to write much. But those days are over! At least for today! On September 17th, the Padres were officially eliminated from the post-season. With Tuesday’s 3-2 loss the Padres were guaranteed a below .500 finish, the 4th season...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres' offseason questions, answered

So soon? The Padres already are screeching into the offseason after this weekend in San Francisco, and you know what that means. Questions. Lots of cold weather, Hot Stove questions. Good thing I have answers. Will Bud Black be back managing the Padres next summer? Yes. And he should be. New general manager A.J. Preller has spent part of his first few weeks on the job establishing...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 22, 1984

1984: Bud Black struck out seven hitters in six innings, while Darryl Motley doubled, tripled, and drove in two runs as the Royals picked up a critical 4-2 win over Oakland at Royals Stadium.Black earned his 17th win of the season by scattering seven hits and a walk in six innings. He allowed two runs, but one was unearned.The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second against A’s starter...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: Bud Black to return to San Diego in 2015

It's been a tough season for the San Diego Padres. They fired their general manager, Josh Byrnes, earlier in the season, hired another in A.J. Preller, and are going to miss the playoffs again. There has not been postseason baseball in San Diego since 2006. With organizational changes already being made in the front office, some questions have been raised as to whether manager Bud...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

U.L.’s Toothpick: “A Bonfire Is Burning”–How The West Was Won In 1985

This weekend’s series with Detroit is going to be unfamiliar territory for many of us, much like the last month or so has been. I started doing some checking and found that the three games against the Tigers are almost unprecedented in Royals history.How unusual is it? Well, the last time the Royals: a. Faced a divisional opponent at home b. In September c. With first place on...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Life on the pumpkin farm with Jake Goebbert

Like many talented young baseball players growing up, Jake Goebbert had a batting cage at his boyhood home in Illinois. Unlike many future major leaguers, this batting cage was in the hay loft of a milk barn. Surrounded by lots and lots of ... pumpkins. Yes. Goebbert grew up on a pumpkin farm, one his parents still own and operate, same one he and his wife, Heather, live right down...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Genius that is Darren Balsley

You've got the outfield acreage. You've got the early-season marine layer. You've got dead-man's land in left-center field (397 feet from the plate) and in right-center field (399 feet). You've got a list of reasons as tall as Alexi Amarista as to why Petco Park is a pitcher's park. Just make sure you don't overlook the most important reason of them all. It is the guy quietly sitting...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Amarista's 10th-inning single beats Dodgers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Padres manager Bud Black watched Alexi Amarista's winning single in the 10th inning from the tunnel behind the dugout. Black had been ejected in the top of the inning for unloading on first base umpire Clint Fagan, who had just ruled that Yasiel Puig checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch with Matt Kemp on second and two outs in a tie game. Things have been going the...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking 2014 Game 129 (SD at AZ)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub watching the one tiny TV in the very back that the bartender begrudgingly graciously switched from the Local NFL Team’s practice preseason game to the Padres’ game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (60-69) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks ...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Not just a great name, Quackenbush is a force in the Padres' bullpen

Huston Street is long gone, some roles have changed, but one thing hasn't: Bud Black's Old MacDonald Bullpen continues to dominate. A Quack, Quack here. A Quack, Quack there. Sorry, but do you know how hard that is to resist? Of all the cool stories funneling out of the world-class Padres pen this summer - and yes, with a best-in-the-game 2.35 ERA, it is world-class - the tale of...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 8, 1984

1984: The Royals could muster only seven hits as they dropped a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee at Royals Stadium.Brewers starter Don Sutton worked seven innings, allowing just six hits and two runs. The future Hall-of-Famer walked none and struck out four before turning the game over to Rick Waits, who pitched the last two innings for his third save.Sutton’s only misstep came in the seventh...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Varitek In-Line As The Next Padre Manager?

'TekBud Black is the incumbent manager of the San Diego Padres—and team says it wants him back for 2015. Nevertheless, the Friars are having another bad year (52-61, 12.5 games out), and they just hired a new (and somewhat controversial) GM. All of this is leading to speculation that the team might be at least considering other managerial options—and Jason Varitek's name is at...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres to hire AJ Preller as new GM

The San Diego Padres are currently without a general manager after firing Josh Byrnes in the middle of the season. A report emerging Tuesday night claims they have finally made a decision on a new GM. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Padres will hire Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager. Rumors had persisted that San Diego was...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rookie road king Hahn hurls Padres past Braves 5-2

ATLANTA (AP) -- Another new road venue didn't affect Jesse Hahn. That is exactly what San Diego manager Bud Black has come to expect from the rookie right-hander with the cool disposition. Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings, to remain unbeaten on the road, and the Padres beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night to extend their recent success against the Braves. Hahn (6-2) allowed...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Bud Black is sporting a black eye

Bud Black was sporting quite the shiner during the San Diego Padres’ last few games. A few fans noticed that Black’s right eye was swollen and discolored and they tweeted the photos. @PadresCentral What happened to Bud Black's eye? Did he take a ball of his face in BP today? pic.twitter.com/Q0Lq9kdozX — dave perek (@daveperek) […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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