• Padres pick up option years on Black's contract

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Nov 20, 2012
    The San Diego Padres have exercised the 2014 and 2015 option years in manager Bud Black's contract. Black won the NL Manager of the Year Award that season. Also Monday, the Padres agreed with outfielder Kyle Blanks on a $605,000, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. In an era when managers have binders of statistical help with matchups, defense, etc., the thing that's left to them and them alone is building relationships with players and creating an environment that compels everyone to play hard and put th...
  • Motivating players Black's greatest strength

    Bud Black's real gift as a manager can't be weighed or measured. It can't be found in his defensive alignments or how he organizes a bullpen. It has nothing to do with the construction of lineups or figuring out when a guy needs a day off.
    Source: MLB.com

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