Date(s) - 04/10/2018
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Coors Field - Infiniti Club
2001 Blake St
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Denver Forum & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Proudly Present:
Bud Back – New Manager of the Colorado Rockies
Speaking on: “America’s Game & The Rockies in 2018”
$35 Per Person
RSVP – TheDenverForum@gmail.com, or by calling, 303-832-9030
EVENT SPONSOR – Monarch Investment Management
Bud Black – Biographical Brief
Bud Black became the seventh manager of the Colorado Rockies in 2017, and the team went on, under his leadership, to enjoy one of the Rockies’ most successful season – and did it in the National League West, major league baseball’s most difficult division.
At his introductory press conference, Mr. Black said, “What an opportunity, I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart,” Black said, referring to his new bosses. “It was a great process to get to know you and your baseball operations guys.
“I’m honored to be the Rockies manager. I’ve learned about these men at the top of the organization and their commitment. It was real. I felt that through this process.”
Mr. Black takes over for Walt Weiss, who stepped down a day after the 2016 season ended when his contract expired. The Rockies finished 75-87 this season, their best record since 2010. But Black faces a tough task in trying to turn the Rockies into a playoff contender. The Rockies haven’t had a winning season since going 83-79 in 2010 and haven’t been to the postseason since 2009.
General manager Jeff Bridich said, “We look to this man to take us where we want to go. … He shares our excitement for the future of the organization.
“We’re proud to welcome Bud to our family.”
Mr. Black is familiar with the Rockies and the NL West, having managed San Diego from 2007-2015, where he went 649-713. He posted a 33-45 record at Coors Field. He was named National League manager of the year in 2010 after the Padres went 90-72. He also had a 15-year career as a major league pitcher.
The Washington Nationals nearly hired Bud Black after the 2015 season before contract talks broke down. The Nationals then hired Dusty Baker.
Following Mr. Black’s major-league pitching career, he became a pitching coach with the Los Angeles Angels when they won the 2002 World Series.
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