Bud Black

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For the baseball player from the 1950s, see Bud Black (right-handed pitcher).
Bud Black
Black with the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres – No. 20
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1957-06-30) June 30, 1957 (age 57)
San Mateo, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 5, 1981 for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
July 9, 1995 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through May 17, 2015)
Win–loss record 121–116
Earned run average 3.84
Strikeouts 1,039
Games managed 1,336
Win–loss record 636–700
Winning % .476

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Harry Ralston "Bud" Black (born June 30, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher and current manager of the San Diego Padres.

Early life[edit]

Black is a graduate of Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington.

Playing career[edit]


Black played two years at Lower Columbia College in Longview. For his junior and senior years, he played at San Diego State.[1]


Black pitched fifteen seasons in the majors, most notably for the Kansas City Royals, winning 121 games in his career and was part of the starting rotation for the Royals team that won the 1985 World Series. He also played professionally for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants.[2]

Black was the starting pitcher for the Royals during the famous George Brett pine tar incident, and was the pitcher that gave up Reggie Jackson's 500th career home run and Mike Piazza's 1st career home run.

In between, Black pitched for the Leones del Caracas of the Venezuela Winter League and was a member of the 1982 Caribbean Series champion team.

Coaching career[edit]

Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Black was the pitching coach of the Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2000-2006 under Manager Mike Scioscia. As the Angels pitching coach, Black won a World Series ring in 2002 against the San Francisco Giants.

San Diego Padres[edit]

In October 2006, Brian Sabean, general manager of the Giants, interviewed Black for the Giants' vacant managerial position.[3]

After the position went to Padres manager Bruce Bochy, Black became a candidate for the Padres job, and was officially hired on November 8, 2006. Despite a last place finish for the Padres in 2008, Black returned to finish his contract in 2009. During the 2009 season, Black was given a contract extension for the 2010 season with a club option for 2011. During the 2010 season, the Padres gave Black another three-year extension through 2013, with club options in 2014 and 2015.[4] In 2010, Black presided over the worst collapse in Padres history when they went on a 10 game losing streak with a little over a month left in the season, went 12-16 in September and squandered a 6 and 1/2 game lead over the Giants for the NL West title. Regardless, Black was the winner of the 2010 National League Manager of the Year Award, edging Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds in voting by a single point.[5] Black is only the third former full-time pitcher to win a Manager of the Year Award, joining Tommy Lasorda and Larry Dierker.

Personal life[edit]

Black was born to Canadian parents in Northern California. He has a wife, Nanette and two daughters. His wife is a pediatric ICU nurse. His older daughter attended Oregon State University and is currently an engineer while his younger, a collegiate gymnast, graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in math and kinesiology in 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bud Black - BR Bullpen". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mark Morris Baseball Alumni". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Schulman, Henry (2006-10-19). "Bud Black, Giants hold managerial talk". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Brock, Corey (2010-07-19). "Padres give Black three-year extension". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  5. ^ Brock, Corey (2010-11-17). "Black edges Baker by one for top NL skipper". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Pole
Anaheim Angels Pitching Coach
Succeeded by
Mike Butcher