Bud Black enters his sixth season as manager of the Padres this year. His coaching/managing career follows a 15-year playing career with the Seattle Mariners (1981), Kansas City Royals (1982-88), Cleveland Indians (1988-90, 95), Toronto Blue Jays (1990) and San Francisco Giants (1991-94).
He compiled a 121-116 career record with 32 complete games, 12 shutouts, 11 saves and a 3.84 ERA (876 ER/2053.1 IP) in 398 Major League games (296 starts). His career included two American League championships with the Royals, including a World Series championship in 1985.
When he was named manager of the Padres, he became only the third individual over the last 40 years to have won 100 games as a pitcher and serve as a Major League manager.
But enough of all that, let’s see who hit him and who didn’t…
Let’s start with the current Padres staff, including all members of the Padres Big League, front office, minor league and scouting staff. Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield were the only players to tally double-digit at-bats against the left-hander, with Winfield taking him deep three times. On the flip side, third base coach Glenn Hoffman collected six at-bats, striking out in half of them. Overall, the current Padres staff was pretty succussful, hitting at a .296 clip against Black. Click the picture below to see a full-sized grid of their numbers vs. the Padres manager:
Onto the current Major League managers and their struggle to hit our fearless leader. They posted a collective .160 average (29-for-181) along with a .214 on-base percentage. Among that group are fellow NL West managers and former MVPs Kirk Gibson and Don Mattingly. The two combined to go 13-for-60 (.217) with three home runs and nine strikeouts. Click below for a full-sized view of all current Major League managers’ numbers vs. Buddy:
With Interleague Play wrapping up in the next week or so, we asked some of the Padres who have experience in both leagues to compare the different game styles. Clayton Richard (White Sox/Padres) and Rob Johnson (Mariners/Padres) give their take on having the pitcher hit. Aaron Cunningham (A’s/Padres – currently with Tucson) weighs in on the opportunity that role players are given in the NL. Finally, Bud Black (coached and played in both leagues) shares his thoughts on the strategy that goes into a National League game.
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