According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies and their manager Bud Black have agreed to a 3-year extension through the 2022 season.
This morning, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reported that the Colorado Rockies and manager Bud Black have agreed to a 3-year extension through the 2022 season. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed the story this morning.
Black, 61, In his two seasons as Rockies manager, he is 178-147 (.548), which is the best winning percentage in franchise history. Overall, his managerial record is 827-860 (.490) between his two seasons in Denver and part of nine seasons in San Diego.
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Black is the only manager in Rockies franchise history to lead the team to back-to-back playoff appearances (2017 and 2018). In addition, in each of those seasons, he was a finalist for the NL Manager of the Year award by finishing third in voting.
In 2010, when he was the manager of the Rockies divisional rival, the San Diego Padres, Black won the NL Manager of the Year award when the Padres went 90-72, which was good enough for 2nd place in the NL West.
As of now, the Rockies are projected to be 84-78, per Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projections and if that reigns true, Black will lead the Rockies to 3 straight seasons of winning records, which will be the first such occurrence in franchise history.
Also, if Black stays in Colorado for the full length of his contract extension, he will be tied with the first Rockies manager, the late Don Baylor, for the second longest managerial term in franchise history. The leader is Clint Hurdle, who spent part 8 seasons as Rockies manager.
It’s not surprising to see the Rockies extend Black considering his success in a Rockies uniform.
In addition, about a month ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks extended Torey Lovullo to a two-year deal. Lovullo’s track record is similar to Black’s as both have been their respective team’s manager for two seasons and they have nearly identical records (Black has 178 wins and Lovullo has 175 wins). Both of them were entering the final season of their original contract.
Stay tuned for information as if anything else develops, we will update this article.