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Padres CEO: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to”

Oct 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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There’s been some speculation linking Bud Black to various managerial and front office openings, but Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad attempted to shut down those rumors yesterday by saying that “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to, he’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as well as the long term.”

Black has a .478 winning percentage and just two winning since seasons since leaving his job as Angels pitching coach to become the Padres’ manager in 2007, but San Diego’s talent and payroll limitations obviously play a big role in that sub-.500 mark and he’s the reigning NL Manager of the Year.

Black declined to comment when asked about his interest in other jobs and according to Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune no teams have requested the Padres’ permission to speak to him yet. General manager Jed Hoyer also declined to comment on what he called “media speculation.”

Sullivan reports that the Padres would likely block Black from speaking to other teams about a lateral move to manager, but would allow him to discuss “a potential promotion” to GM. And with two years remaining on his Padres contract and another two team options after that, Black probably isn’t going anywhere.

  1. xpensivewinos - Oct 6, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Perhaps he may want to move on to an organization that’s actually focused on winning and doesn’t acquire all of its players at the Goodwill Store. Maybe not everyone is as comfortable being in a losing atmosphere as Moorad. Some people do actually aspire for more.

    He might also want to work for an owner who can actually afford to buy the team he works for……

  2. pisano - Oct 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Sure he can, as long as he doesn’t ask for a raise. This has to be the cheapest team in baseball.

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