The Colorado Rockies have made the postseason in both of the first two years since Bud Black was hired as the club’s manager, marking the first time in franchise history that the team has made consecutive playoff appearances.
While the Colorado Rockies made a quick exit from the playoffs both seasons (losing the National League Wild Card Game in 2017 and being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Division series in 2018), that does not discount the fact that they are playing better baseball right now than they ever have before.
And a lot of the credit for that goes to the man at the helm, Bud Black. The Rockies’ turnaround in recent years isn’t the product of Black’s leadership alone. The Rockies have a very talented roster built with the intention of winning it all.
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But it is not as if Bud Black lucked out and arrived at just the right time. The timing of his arrival and the team’s recent success is not just a mere coincidence.
Black is not just the man who fills out the lineup card. He, like the players on the field, is one of the integral pieces put in place to help the team succeed. And two-thirds of the way through his contract, he has done just that.
With one year left to go (unless the Rockies extend his contract), Black enters 2019 with a chance to make it deep into the postseason and cement his tenure in the franchise annals as leading the greatest stretch Rockies baseball has ever seen.
The crew at Blake Street Ball recently discussed Black’s third-place finish in the voting for NL Manager of the Year and the impact Black has had on the team:
While it would be great to finally see Black snag that first-place trophy for Manager of the Year, I think it’s safe to say that he’s entering 2019 with his eyes on a different trophy.