Manager Bud Black gets his extension …
Busy day at PETCO Park on Thursday; Chad Gaudin gets traded to the Yankees, the Padres defeat the Mets with pitcher Clayton Richard getting his first victory and manager Bud Black is officially given the extension we all expected, given CEO Jeff Moorad confirmed as much in July.
What are your thoughts on Black coming back in 2010 (with a club option for 2011)?
Here’s part of my story from last night that can be found on Padres.com.
SAN DIEGO — In tumultuous times, when injuries and
underachievement have ravaged the Padres the last two seasons, the one
constant has been the optimistic persona of manager Bud Black.
“I’ve never seen Buddy Black have a bad deal. Sometimes when
you have a real volatile manager, it can make things even worse,”
Padres general manager Kevin Towers said on Thursday, the day the team
announced a contract extension for Black.
“He has been a breath of fresh air for all of us. He hasn’t
panicked. If anything he’s been more positive than I have been. He has
helped me out. I tend to fall on the more negative side of things. He
helps balances me out.”
The Padres rewarded Black for his patience Thursday when they
officially extended his contract through the 2010 season with a club
option for 2011. Team CEO Jeff Moorad first said last month that a deal
was in hand, though not finalized.
On Thursday, just prior to the Padres’ game with the Mets at PETCO Park, that deal became official.
“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to continue working
towards our goal of bringing a championship to San Diego,” Black said
in a statement. “The leadership of this organization wants to win and
knows how to build a team that can compete year in and year out. We
have a great core of young players to build around, and there is a lot
to be excited about with this club.”
The Padres were 44-65 at the start of Thursday, and 196-238 under Black in three-plus seasons.
“I personally think that he has managed this year better than he
did the prior two years,” Towers said. “With time and experience, he’s
only going to get better. It’s not his fault that we’re 20 games under
.500, working with what he’s had to work with.”
The Padres started fast this season, going 9-3 and then winning
10 consecutive games before pitchers Jake Peavy and Chris Young, the
1-2 arms in the starting rotation, found themselves on the disabled
list. Catcher Nick Hundley and second baseman David Eckstein have also
spent considerable time on the disabled list.
The team has used rookies like outfielders Kyle Blanks and Will
Venable, pitcher Mat Latos and shortstop Everth Cabrera to fill the
voids of those injured players. The Padres also traded Peavy and
outfielder Scott Hairston for seven pitchers in the last month alone.
“He’s been one of the driving forces in getting the young guys
up there and letting them play,” Towers said. “It’s been the type of
team he wanted, steal some bases. This is the kind of team he likes.
This team has played with a lot of enthusiasm.”