Bud Black

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Bud Black
Black with the San Diego Padres
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1957-06-30) June 30, 1957 (age 62)
San Mateo, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 5, 1981, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
July 9, 1995, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 121–116
Earned run average 3.84
Strikeouts 1,039
Games managed 1,362
Win–loss record 649–713
Winning % .477
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Harry Ralston "Bud" Black (born June 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball player, coach, and manager. Black currently works in the front office for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher from 1981 through 1995. He coached the Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2000 through 2006, and managed the San Diego Padres from 2007 through 2015. He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 2010.

Early life

Black is a graduate of Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington.

Playing career


Black played two years at Lower Columbia College in Longview. For his junior and senior years, he played at San Diego State.[1]


Black pitched fifteen seasons in the majors, most notably for the Kansas City Royals, winning 121 games in his career and was part of the starting rotation for the Royals team that won the 1985 World Series. He also played professionally for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants.[2]

Black was the starting pitcher for the Royals during the famous George Brett pine tar incident, and was the pitcher who gave up Reggie Jackson's 500th career home run and Mike Piazza's first career home run.

In between, Black pitched for the Leones del Caracas of the Venezuela Winter League and was a member of the 1982 Caribbean Series champion team.

Coaching/Managerial career

Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Black was the pitching coach of the Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2000-2006 under Manager Mike Scioscia. As the Angels pitching coach, Black won a World Series ring in 2002 against the San Francisco Giants.

San Diego Padres

In October 2006, Brian Sabean, general manager of the Giants, interviewed Black for the Giants' vacant managerial position.[3]

After the position went to Padres manager Bruce Bochy, Black became a candidate for the Padres job, and was officially hired on November 8, 2006. Despite a last place finish for the Padres in 2008, Black returned to finish his contract in 2009. During the 2009 season, Black was given a contract extension for the 2010 season with a club option for 2011. During the 2010 season, the Padres gave Black another three-year extension through 2013, with club options in 2014 and 2015.[4] In 2010, Black presided over the worst collapse in Padres history when they went on a ten-game losing streak with a little over a month left in the season, went 12-16 in September and squandered a 6 1/2 game lead over the Giants for the NL West title. Black nonetheless was the winner of the 2010 National League Manager of the Year Award, edging Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds in voting by a single point.[5] Black is only the third former full-time pitcher to win a Manager of the Year Award, joining Tommy Lasorda and Larry Dierker.

On June 15, 2015, Black was fired after eight-plus seasons with the Padres after the team started 2015 at 32–33 and was six games behind in the National League West.[6]

On October 28, 2015, The Washington Post reported that the Washington Nationals intended to hire Black as their new manager following the 2015 World Series, replacing fired manager Matt Williams.[7] However, it was later reported that he would not be getting the job.[8] Black turned down the Nationals offer, which he considered to be too low.[9]

Return to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On November 25, 2015, it was announced that Black would be returning to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to serve as a special assistant to the new General Manager, Billy Eppler.[10] Black previously served as a pitching coach for the team from 2000-2006.

Managerial record

As of June 15, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
San Diego Padres 2007 2015 649 713 .477 DNQ

Personal life

Black was born to Canadian parents in Northern California. He has a wife, Nanette and two daughters. His wife is a pediatric ICU nurse. His older daughter attended Oregon State University and is currently an interior designer while his younger, a collegiate gymnast, graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in math and kinesiology in 2014.

See also


  1. "Bud Black - BR Bullpen". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 1 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Mark Morris Baseball Alumni". Retrieved 1 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Schulman, Henry (2006-10-19). "Bud Black, Giants hold managerial talk". The San Francisco Chronicle.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Brock, Corey (2010-07-19). "Padres give Black three-year extension". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Brock, Corey (2010-11-17). "Black edges Baker by one for top NL skipper". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Lin, Dennis (June 15, 2015). "Padres fire manager Bud Black". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Wagner, James (October 28, 2015). "Nationals expected to name Bud Black next manager". The Washington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Heyman, Jon (November 2, 2015). "In twist, Nats turn to Dusty Baker, who may get managing job now". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Nightengale, Bob (November 2, 2015). "Nationals, Dusty Baker in talks after Bud Black deal hits snag". USA Today. Retrieved November 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Calcaterra, Craig (November 25, 2015). "Bud Black rejoins the Angels in a front office role". HardballTalk. Retrieved November 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Bud Black". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Pole
Anaheim Angels Pitching Coach
Succeeded by
Mike Butcher