Rockies hire pitching guru Black as manager
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.