Colorado Rockies Manager Search: Bud Black Shows Interest
Another day, another note of interest in the search for the next manager of the Colorado Rockies.
Bud Black, one of the intriguing names being mentioned in conjunction with the Rockies’ open manager’s position, confirmed to The Denver Post that he is indeed interested in the position.
Black confirmed his interest after the Atlanta Braves officially named Brian Snitker as their manager on Tuesday. Black was a finalist for the opening in Atlanta.
While the Rockies have not officially confirmed that Black is a candidate for the position, several media sources have linked the 59-year-old former manager of the San Diego Padres to the Colorado opening. We listed him as one of the five candidates of interest for the position in this article.
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Black compiled a 649-713 (.477) mark in San Diego, beginning his run in the Padres dugout in 2007. He earned the National League Manager of the Year award in 2010 but was fired during the 2015 season after the Padres began the season 32-33.
Other than Black, two prominent names linked to the Colorado manager search have included Glenallen Hill and Eddie Perez.
Hill, the manager for Colorado’s Triple-A team in Albuquerque, is thought to be one of the leading internal candidates for the position. Perez, Atlanta’s first base coach, was, like Black, up for the Braves manager position. A report out of Venezuela has stated that the Rockies contacted Perez about the opening.
No one from the Rockies organization has confirmed that Black or Perez will get an interview. Also, no other outside candidates have been confirmed for interviews. Technically, Hill has not been confirmed as an interviewee either. However, he is well respected within the organization for the work he has done with some of Colorado’s younger players.
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Colorado is looking for a manager to replace Walt Weiss, who stepped down the day after the 2016 season concluded. In his four years as Rockies skipper, Weiss compiled a 283-365 record. Colorado went 75-87 in 2016, the best effort under Weiss.