The Rockies hire Bud Black as their new manager.

The Colorado Rockies have named Bud Black as their 7th manager in franchise history. Bud black was a candidate for several managerial jobs in MLB. Black had interviewed for the open Atlanta Braves manger position which eventually went to Brian Snitcker. 

Bud Black went 649-713 with the San Diego Padres. He coached from 2007 to 2015, and he was Manager of the Year in 2010. Black also enjoyed success in the play offs.While he was with the Padres, Black’s team fell to the Colorado Rockies in a 1 game play off. This may seem ironic, but that’s the way things go in baseball. Black did  take the Rockies to the World Series in 2010 when his team had won a franchise best 98 games. 

The Rockies manager job will be an exciting one. The thin air in Colorado makes for offensive explosions at the plate. However good pitching still comes into play and Black is walking into an ideal situation with players such as Nolan Arenado, Charles Blackmon, and Mark Reynolds. The starting pitchers look fairly solid as well with Chad Bettis, John Gray, and Tyler Chatwood.

 There has been very few transactions thus far in the offseason for MLB. That can all change quickly once teams and General Managers start signing and trading players. The most notable is the Detroit Tigers sent Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angeles for prospects. Maybin will solidify the outfield in L.A. who have not been a contender in a couple of seasons despite having big name players such as Albert Polojois. 

The Monday after the the final game of the World Series has kicked off the signing of free agents and mark key trades. The Chicago Cubs did not sign Starting Pitxher Rich Hill and his name will surely draw plenty of attention from ball clubs. All teams in baseball have holes to fill, and bringing in 1 or 2 new players can help bolster their line up. The Rockies made an excellent hire with Bud Black, and it will be a very busy offseason in baseball. This is why fans love the game, and February will be here quickly when catchers and pitchers report to Spring Training. 


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