Rock­ies hire pitch­ing guru Black as man­ager

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Bud Black is tak­ing his pitch­ing ex­per­tise to hit­ter-friendly Coors Field. The highly re­garded mound guru has been hired as man­ager of the Rock­ies, a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

DENVER >> The Colorado Rock­ies for­mally an­nounced Bud Black as their man­ager Mon­day.

Black takes over for Walt Weiss, who stepped down last month when his con­tract ex­pired af­ter four years in charge of the Rock­ies. They fin­ished 7587 last sea­son, their best record since 2010.

The 59-year-old Black was the man­ager of NL West ri­val San Diego for 8 ½ sea­sons be­fore be­ing fired in June 2015. He com­piled a 649-713 record and was voted NL Man­ager of the Year in 2010.

Black in­her­its a po­tent of­fense that in­cludes a bat­ting cham­pion in DJ LeMahieu, slug­gers Nolan Are­nado and Car­los Gon­za­lez and ris­ing star Trevor Story. Black also has a young but tal­ented ro­ta­tion led by Jon Gray.

And then there’s this: Colorado’s un­steady bullpen blew 28 saves last sea­son.

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