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An open letter concerning Bud Black

July 6th, 2009 by Ray

With rumors swirling that the Padres manager has a contract extension coming his way soon, I ask you this:


There is a long list of reasons why Bud Black’s not to blame for this team’s struggles, from the Moores’ divorce to all the injuries, but what are some reasons for why Black’s earned a fourth season managing this team?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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10 Responses to “An open letter concerning Bud Black”

  1. scionfriar says:

    My only guess is that they really do want Buddy black and with the hiring of Melvin, want to make sure he’s comfortable for the rest of the year.

  2. I never understood the hiring / firing process of coaches. I get the feeling it has more to do with politics than we would like to think.

    I always thought the whole point of Bud Black was that he buys into the philosophy of giving young players a chance. Because of that, and for really no other reason, I’ve tended to support him.

    But as Ray mentioned, Bud seems to be giving up on Headley after a full season of at-bats with major league average production.

  3. william says:

    He was rehired because he listens to the front office when they call .. no other reason.

  4. Lorenzo says:

    He was given a 3-year contract, but only one team. When he had the players, the team won.

    The second year, he’d lost his left fielder and centerfielder out of the box, had his #3 and #4 starters traded away, never found a #5, the bullpen blew up, and all the injuries.

    Here we are in the third year, with the club running on a shoestring budget, a bullpen cobbled together the last week of spring training, the two best starters on the DL, two centerfielders traded away, a Rule V draftee starting at short, two corner infielders in the outfield, and for the second year, two minor league catchers.

    Did Bud get a real 3-year managing opportunity here?

  5. Jacob says:

    For what it’s worth, he’s outperformed the Pythagorean W-L(31-51) for a 35-47 record.

  6. Ray Lankford says:

    From Gaslamp Ball’s write-up on what Towers told XX:

    “This is Buddy Black’s best year as a manager, he’s done a good job motivating the guys and dealing with young and veteran players. He deserves a renewed contract and that will happen in the next 30 days.”

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