Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black knows the experience of joining a new team better than anyone
Bud Black was drafted in the 17th round in the 1979 MLB Draft to the Seattle Mariners. Black didn’t make his first big league appearance until September 1981 when that lost season for the Mariners was almost over. When he was traded to K.C. in 1982, he was converted to a starter but was sent back up and down for the next two years.
He finally stuck and made the most of his career as a Royal eventually winning his only World Series ring as a player. He played for Kansas City for three more years but was eventually traded in the middle of 1988. Black didn’t pitch much that year but he went on to have two good seasons in 1989 and 1990. He spoke of how it affected him and how he sees the landscape of moves today.
"“When I left Kansas City and got traded to Cleveland, that was a little bit of a blow but I got over it relatively quickly,” he said. “I think most players do. Now, there’s some players that get traded and it’s welcomed. Maybe it’s time for them to move on. It works a lot of different ways but I think players are conditioned for this because it’s the nature of our game and if it happens to them for the first time or second time, they’re usually around players that have done that before them.”"