San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Bud Black is apparently going to get at least two more chances to lead the San Diego Padres to the playoffs.
The Padres picked up Black’s contract options for the 2013 and 2014 seasons Monday.
Black took over as manager in San Diego for the 2007 season and has compiled a record of 464-509 over six campaigns. He was selected the National League Manager of the Year in 2010, when the Padres finished two games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
“Buddy has a keen insight into team dynamics and creates a great environment for the players and coaching staff,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. “He is a gifted leader with a terrific mind for the game and a genuine interest and curiosity related to all areas of our organization.”
San Diego went 76-86 last season, finishing 18 games behind the Giants, who went on to win the World Series.
“I am honored and humbled by the faith Josh and our ownership team have shown in me, the coaching staff and our players,” Black said. “I am extremely proud to be part of this organization, and I’m excited to continue working with ownership and our baseball operations team toward achieving our ultimate goal: bringing a championship to the great city and fans of San Diego.”