TODAY: Black received a three-year deal with at least one option (of indeterminate kind) included, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post (via Twitter).
Black, 59, will now manage his second National League West team, having previously served as the Padres’ skipper from 2007-15. The Padres went 649-713 under Black, who helped the club to an 89-win season in 2007 and a 90-victory campaign in 2010. Black earned NL Manager of the Year honors in the latter season, but that was the last time the talent-deprived Padres finished over .500 on his watch. San Diego fired Black midway through the 2015 season, and he caught on with the Angels last November as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. That was Black’s second stint with the Angels, as he previously worked as their pitching coach from 2000-06.
A longtime major league pitcher, Black will now take the helm of a Rockies team that plays half its games each season at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Thanks in part to that, the majority of Colorado’s hurlers have struggled over the years, but the team’s rotation now seems to have long-term building blocks in Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson and Jeff Hoffman.
Despite 382 1/3 combined innings of quality pitching from Gray and Anderson, not to mention a position player group featuring Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies won just 75 games in 2016 and missed the playoffs for the seventh straight year. That led Rockies GM Jeff Bridich to part with Walt Weiss and replace him with Black, who beat out the likes of Don Wakamatsu, Tim Wallach, Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr., Glenallen Hill and Brad Mills for the job.