The Padres have exercised the 2014 and 2015 club options they hold on manager Bud Black, the team announced via Twitter.
Since taking over for former manager (and now division rival) Bruce Bochy prior to the 2007 season, Black has managed the team to a 464-509 record. That six-year run includes a surprising near-playoff berth in 2010 when the Padres, who many had projected to finish in last place, finished with a 90-72 record. That surprising playoff push was enough to earn Black NL Manager of the Year honors in 2010.
In a press release issued by the team, GM Josh Byrnes offers high praise for Black:
“Buddy has a keen insight into team dynamics and creates a great environment for the players and coaching staff,” said Byrnes. “He is a gifted leader with a terrific mind for the game and a genuine interest and curiosity related to all areas of our organization.”
The Padres finished up the season going 49-37, and that .570 winning percentage under Black's leadership was the fifth best in all of Major League Baseball from June 28 on.