Bud Black Is Next Manager for Rockies

Bud Black Is Next Manager for Rockies

After a two-month long discussion among the RWO community led by managerial search expert sdcarp, the Rockies selected Bud Black as the next manager to guide the Rockies to the upper echelon of the NL West.  A lot of names were thrown around during the rumor mill and all candidates were from the outside except for one, Glenallen Hill.  Black was the clear choice as evidenced by the beaming Jeff Bridich at the news conference today.  He waited until the World Series was over to take a gander at Brad Mills and/or Dave Martinez but they did not match up to Black’s resume.

Black comes with a ton of experience (1,362 games) in the NL West including 90 games’ experience managing against the Rockies at Coors Field.  He was a former pitcher as well pitching from 1981 until 1995 picking up over 100 victories.  There were a lot of accolades pouring in ever since the news broke that Bud Black will be the next manager.  A clip from one of several articles:

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“I see the game through the pitcher’s eyes,” Black said. “I was a pitcher, and I see the game that way. It’s easier for me to have a conversation with a pitcher about mechanics and mindset that can aid young pitching.”

Black said he isn’t considering anything unconventional when it comes to strategy in the thin air of Denver.

“Is there a certain style of pitching that works here [at Coors Field]? I don’t think so,” Black said. “You know what works here? Good pitching, and making pitches and getting outs. That’s what we have to do. I don’t think we have to change anybody; we have to make guys better — and these guys are pretty good to start with.

“I like conventional. I think good starting pitching and a solid bullpen works anywhere. I’ve seen that work across the game, and I think that will work here.”

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Cowboy (Tracy Ringolsby):  read here

Richard Justice (MLB.com writer):  read here

Even antagonist Mark Kiszla glowed:  read here

Bud Black paraphrased that he’s not worried about the Rockies offense and he is excited by the potential of the Rockies rotation.  He added that he will work with Jeff Bridich using analytics and baseball to take the Rockies to the top.  And the players are excited about the news.

Now the RWO community can start talking Hot Stove.  I hear Matt Holliday is a free agent and had a few games at first base this past season.  Just saying….. 🙂  And Dick Montfort says Rockies will have the highest payroll in franchise history.  Montfort knows the turnstiles are already spinning upon the announcement and he can afford to offer NoDo long term contract and go out get a back end relief pitcher such as Brett Cecil.

Meet me in Scottsdale March 4-11 and we shall talk real Rockies baseball!  The Rockies are baaaaackkk!

High floor and potentially high ceiling selection

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Hometown - Champaign, IL College - Northern Illinois University, 1988 Sports Editor for my high school newspaper. Travels frequently - I can be found anywhere in the world.

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sdcarp
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NICE! Thanks to a tip RMH gave me, I watched a re-run of the Press Conference last night on Root. By that time, I had read many of the media stories about the hiring, Black’s history, etc. So I was sort of more keyed into the nuances of the Press Conference. A couple of things struck me: 1. It legitimately appears that Monfort was mostly hands off. This seems to be a trend lately. If this trend continues, it is… Read more »

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I like it. I think. You all have pretty much convinced me on the pluses. My mind framed the question thus: does Bud really, really just want to be a manager again, and therefore it doesn’t matter to him where? OR, does Bud really, really see some things that he believes in here, and want to jump in and be a part of the rise? (Apologies to my Buffs for stealing their motto:) I hope it’s the latter – that… Read more »

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If Black does as well as the last Padres manager who also took a manager job with a different NL West team (Bruce Bochy), the Rockies will be in good shape.

Black will definitely do a much better job managing the pitching staff than Walt Weiss did.

I am really curious to see who the next hitting coach will be. I felt that Blake Doyle did a really good job with the Rockies hitters.

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Bob K.

Arenado is the first 3rd baseman in MLB history to win a gold glove in each of his first four years.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/208421614/rockies-nolan-arenado-wins-gold-glove-award/

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Read this quote from Tony Walters in one of the many Bud Black hiring articles: “We’re keeping in contact; we’re a family,” Wolters said. “We came this close this year. We feel like we should have won 20, 25, 30 more games than we [did]. There were games once, twice a week where we were like, ‘Man, we should’ve [won].’ We win one or two more games every month, we’re going to be where we need to be. Love it.… Read more »

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That is very similar to Tracy’s philosophy except that Tracy had no interest in winning every game. His idea was that if you just win 15 games every month (x 6 months), you will win 90 games. This is true but you should try to win every game even though that is impossible but the trying is very important in developing a winning culture. Both Tracy and Weiss would pull the starters when they were losing badly with Weiss also… Read more »

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There won’t be any frustrations with Justin Miller in the bullpen in 2017 since he has signed with the Angels. From the Rox Pile “Miller heads to the Angels It may have gone a bit under the radar, but former Colorado reliever Justin Miller has signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels. In his two seasons in Colorado, the right-hander posted a 4-4 record and 4.97 ERA in 74 games. He was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque by… Read more »

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Anyone have any thoughts on Purple Row’s article indicating Matt Holliday is interested in playing for the Rox next season. RH power bat for 1B?

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I haven’t read the article (I rarely look at Purple Row; it’s too “busy”). But my thoughts on this would be: can he play at least an average first base? Is he too old and broken down, or breakdown-prone, to be worth a try? If these two questions are answered satisfactorily, I say why not? 🙂

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Roxnsox, heck yes I am highly optimistic this winter for next season. Unlike many, I thought 2016 was a great year. We all knew the contention window 2017 and beyond. It was all Ag, Carp, rmh, and others wrote about last winter. This past season saw excellent growth towards that goal. Yes, there were many frustrating defeats and few walk-offs, but the progress in the personnel was very encouraging. From Day 1 we saw the emergence of Trevor Story. Later… Read more »

Bob K.
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Bob K.

Arenado collects his second Silver Slugger. Blackmon gets his first Silver Slugger. DJ lost out to Murphy. Arenado was the only repeat winner in the NL as all others were first time winners in the NL. AL had many repeat winners.

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Full of salient points. Don’t stop bevenliig or writing!