Bud Black and the Rockies have agreed to a three-year contract extension, general manager Jeff Bridich announced Monday morning.
The extension will keep Black at the helm through the 2022 season (he had one year left on his existing contract). Black, 61, has managed the Rockies for just two seasons, but he may already be the team’s most successful manager. He is if seen through the lens of playoff appearances, as Black took the Rockies to the postseason in both of his first two seasons as manager. None of the other six managers in team history have taken the team to the postseason more than once.
No manager is perfect, and Black has taken some justified criticism from fans, mostly having to do with relying on ineffective (position player) veterans when other options are available. But it’s hard to take those criticisms too far. Black is a player’s manager that has been well suited to the Rockies, especially regarding the team’s biggest strength right now, which is young pitching.
I’ll be glad to see Black leading the Rockies into the next decade. What do you think of this move?
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