Black was most recently the special assistant to the general manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He previously served as the Angels’ hitting coach from 2000 to 2006, winning a World Series ring with the team. After his tenure there, he managed the Padres from 2007 to 2015. He accrued a 649-713 record for the Padres, for a winning percentage of .492. He won the manager of the year award in 2010, when the Padres went 90-72.
Black is a well regarded manager whose reputation does not match his record. His San Diego teams were never loaded with talent, but they were usually more competitive than observers thought they would be. His 2010 season is a great example, as nobody expected anything from the Padres that year, and they held maintained first place in the National League West for most of the year before fading in September and missing the division title and the playoffs to the eventual World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants.
We’ll learn more soon about when Black’s hiring will be made official, as well as his first exposure to the press.