Bud Black is under contract through next season, but with a new GM in San Diego — and that now common thing in which, apparently, it’s impossible for anyone to manage a team while only under contract for the current year — whether Black would be back to mange the Padres in 2015 was an open question.
It’s open no more, as Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that Padres GM A.J. Preller likes Bud and wants him to stay on. And Black himself is more than eager to stay.
The Padres are not, historically speaking, quick to change managers. Bruce Bochy preceded Black and held the job for 12 years. Black is finishing his eighth year as Padres manager. None of Black’s years have ended with a playoff appearance, however, and he’s 613-676 at the helm. Though, to be fair the Padres have very rarely given him a lot to work with.
The Padres have improved quite a bit in the second half of the 2014 season, going 32-27 since the break.