Hi Fives For The Old Man - Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
The Friars skipper got a vote of confidence from General Manager Josh Byrnes as the Padres pick up two option years on his contract.
Buddy Black has been managing Major League Baseball in San Diego for 6 years. He was already under contract for a seventh, but with a few flicks of a pen he's now promised three more years in Breakfasttown with the Padres. Black is expected to lead a promising group in 2013 after a mixed bag of seasons over the past half dozen years. His managerial record is 464-509 (.477) and nothing to write home about. However, his defenders will say that he's gotten the most out of the talent he's been given. He even surprised many in 2010 when the team finished 90-72 after many picked them before the season to be cellar dwellers. However, he missed the playoffs just as he did in his first year with the club when they went 89-74 and lost a tie-break game with the Colorado Rockies. His detractors will wonder how you can keep making financial commitments to a manager that has had more losing seasons than winning ones. In any case, love it or hate it, Black has now been promised that he'll be managing the club through 2015.The Friars skipper got a vote of confidence from General Manager Josh Byrnes as the Padres pick up two option years on his contract.