Tag:Bud Black
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:03 pm

Padres removing Latos' limits

Mat Latos One thing the Padres say you won't hear from them this season is a discussion of Mat Latos' innings.

The team has taken the limitations off the 23-year old right-hander.

"The restrictions have been loosened," manager Bud Black told reporters, including the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Bill Center. "He's taking the next step."

The Padres kept an eye on Latos' innings throughout the season, skipping him when they could and keeping an eye on his total, which finished at 184 2/3 innings, that would have grown had the Padres been able to hold on to their lead and made the playoffs.

Latos' 2010 was one of the reasons the Padres were in position to make the playoffs, but also one of the reasons the team didn't.

Through his first 26 starts, Latos was 14-5 with a league-best 2.21 ERA. In his final five, he managed just 22 innings, going 0-5 with an 8.18 ERA.

"My body wasn't tired," said Latos. "Mentally I was tired. My body was telling me I was fine. But I hit a wall."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 3:14 pm

Reports from reportings

Heath Bell With pitchers and catchers from nine teams reporting today, there's been plenty of news to report.

Here's a look around the league at some interesting tidbits:

• Padres closer Heath Bell, right, said he's surprised -- but happy -- he's still in San Diego. His agents are hoping for a multi-year deal with the team this spring. (MLB.com )

• Jered Weaver said he had "no hard feelings" toward the Angels after losing his arbitration case last week, but there are currently no talks about a long-term deal right now. (Los Angeles Times )

• Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton says he's glad he didn't get traded last season and wants to stay with the Diamondbacks long-term. (Arizona Republic )

• Here's a really good read, as Atlanta Journal-Constitution Braves beat writer David O'Brien goes on a motorcycle ride with new Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, and the two talk motorcycles and managing following the ride on Super Bowl Sunday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• Padres manager Bud Black says in a Q&A that the team is more balanced this season than it was in 2010. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• New Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe took a glove from former Rockies teammate Todd Helton to use at first base. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule on his thyroid gland last Thursday. Butcher attended some of the team's meetings on Sunday and expects to be back full-time this week. (Orange County Register )

• Mariners closer David Aardsma hopes to be off crutches on Wednesday and maybe throwing a week or a week-and-a-half later. The Mariners closer hopes to return in April. (Seattle Times )

* The Mariners may be looking to add Chad Durbin to their bullpen. (FOXSports.com )

• The Indians see Orlando Cabrera as a "super utility" type, playing all around the infield. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

• The Cubs and closer Carlos Marmol are expected to avoid arbitration and may announce a deal on Monday, the day before a hearing was scheduled. The Cubs offered $4.1 million and Marmol asked for $5.65 million. It's possible the two have reached a long-term deal. (MLB.com )

• Fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Strat-O-Matic. (MLB.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 11:05 am

MLB Facts & Rumors Managers of the Year

Ron Washington The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their Manager of the Year selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth three points, second place two and third place one.

The outcome of the American League race is considered fairly clear, while the National League seems to have several possibilities. Manager of the year is always the toughest award to forecast, because voters value different things.


David Andriesen

1. Ron Washington, TEX
2. Joe Maddon, TB
3. Ron Gardenhire, MIN

Washington was lucky to even have a job after testing positive for cocaine last year, but he rehabbed his reputation while making a good team great. Much of the credit for the team’s easy, confident vibe goes to him, and his players are very loyal to him. Maddon used a bunch of kids to best a team with three times the payroll, and Gardenhire won his sixth division title in nine years.

Evan Brunell
1. Terry Francona, BOS
2. Ron Washington, TEX
3. Joe Maddon, TB

Francona somehow kept Boston in contention up until the final week, an amazing success given the team was besieged by injuries so much it became almost comical each time there was an injury. Factor in Tampa Bay finishing with 96 wins, New York with 85 and Toronto with 85, and you appreciate how stiff the competition was.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Ron Gardenhire, MIN
2. Ron Washington, TEX
3. Joe Maddon, TB

I really believe Washington will win it, and it's hard to argue against it. Many were shocked he made it out of spring training after word of a failed drug test surfaced, and then Washington led his Rangers to their first-ever World Series. Washington's players love him and he was rewarded with a new contract and will also win the award, but my nod goes to Gardenhire. Yeah, it seems boring that the Twins win year after year, and Gardenhire has a big part in that. I'm one of those that believes 70 percent of managing is stuff other than in-game moves, and that's where all three of these excel.


David Andriesen
1. Bud Black, SD
2. Bobby Cox, ATL
3. Brad Mills, HOU

A lot of ways to go here, but Black and Cox both won with teams that shouldn’t have. The Padres fell short of the playoffs, but they won 90 games when a lot of people picked them to finish last. The Astros stumbled horribly out of the gate, but first-year skipper Mills guided them to a 59-53 record after June 1 even with Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman traded away.

Evan Brunell
1. Bobby Cox, ATL
2. Bud Black, SD
3. Dusty Baker, CIN

Cox did perhaps his finest managerial job in the offseason, taking a ragtag bunch of players and getting them into the postseason. San Francisco got a lot of credit in the playoffs as "outcasts" and "misfits" ... the Braves were the more misfit team.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Bud Black, SD
2. Dusty Baker, CIN
3. Bobby Cox, ATL

To be so close to the playoffs with only one legitimate hitter, Black deserves more than just a trophy. Will Venable was the only hitter on the Padres besides Adrian Gonzalez with 400 plate appearances and an OPS+ better than 100. Everyone expected the Padres to fade long before they ever did, and a lot of that to go to Black. Baker did a hell of a job in Cincinnati as well, and who wouldn't like to see Cox win it in his last year? But Black is the most deserving.

MLB Facts and Rumors AL Manager of the Year
Ron Washington takes this one in a rout, tallying eight points to four apiece for Maddon and Gardenhire. It'll be a surprise if he doesn't win the BBWAA award.

MLB Facts and Rumors NL Manager of the Year
Black gets the nod with eight points, as Cox finishes with six. It will be interesting to see whether a guy who didn't make the playoffs wins the real award, which is not common.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 1:55 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:58 am

Latos struggling down the stretch

Mat Latos The Padres' 22-year old ace Mat Latos has thrown 45 more innings in 2010 than he did a year ago, but following his second consecutive bad outing, Latos dismissed fatigue as the reason he was rocked by the Cardinals.

"Fatigue is not a factor," Latos told the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Bill Center. "My body feels good. My arm is fine."

He wasn't -- as Latos lasted just four outs, allowing nine hits and eight runs, walking two and striking out one. The 15 batters he faced went 9 for 13 against him and he threw 51 pitches before being lifted.

While Latos said he felt fine and manager Bud Black said he didn't think velocity was an issue, catcher Yorvit Torrealba said Latos didn't have his usual zip.

"Obviously, he wasn't the Mat we know," Torrealba said. "I saw a couple 89 and 90 fastballs. His velocity wasn't there. And he was up, not executing his pitched. And I noticed, too, that they were attacking early in the count. That is something we should consider, although if Mat is making his pitches like he has been, that 95 fastball down and away, we have a lot of one-pitch outs."

The Padres had said during spring training that they wanted to limit Latos to 150-170 innings. With Friday's outing, Latos has now thrown 168 innings and he's scheduled to make his next start, Thursday night in Los Angeles.

If he doesn't improve upon his last two outings (five runs on seven hits in four innings last Sunday against the Giants), the Padres may not have to worry about monitoring Latos' innings in October, because there won't be any.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 4:49 pm

Looking at Manager of the Year candidates

One thing that always gets me about the Manager of the Year Award is that it's usually the "guy-whose-team-did better-than-we-thought" award.

Joe Girardi won his Manager of the Year Award when he was with the Marlins -- because they won 78 games with a young team. He won 103 games and the World Series last season, but didn't win the award. The last Manager of the Year winner to win the World Series was Ozzie Guillen in 2005 and the only other to achieve that feat this decade was the Angels' Mike Scioscia in 2002.

In his run with the Yankees, Joe Torre won the award once, and split it once. The split came in his first season, while the second was only when he won 114 games and it was hard to give it to anyone else.

In his role as the Red Sox manager, Terry Francona has never won the award, despite doing a great job year after year. The reason, he's expected to win every year with the team he has.

So, there's two things we can do here -- handicap the race or work in deep, dark corners to find out what the award should mean and by that criteria, who should win it. That sounds extremely difficult -- and there's no way to prove it.

Instead, I'll go with handicapping the actual race, because it'll be a better chance for me to sound smart when I'm right (if I'm wrong, well, sure I'm dumb, but I knew that already.)

American League

Ron Washington Ron Washington
Texas Rangers (75-62)

The Rangers skipper is the favorite. Not only has his team exceeded expectations (check), will likely make the playoffs (check), but he's also got a built-in story. Remember spring training when many were shocked that he didn't get canned following his admission he did cocaine? Now you do, but it's not the first thing anyone thinks about when they hear Washington's name anymore.

Terry Francona
Boston Red Sox (77-61)

Francona has never won the award, and this season the Red Sox will miss the playoffs for just the second time in Francona's tenure, but he's possibly done his best managing job ever (and this comes from a fan of his managing) juggling the Red Sox's roster. Here's how impressive the Red Sox have been -- Darnell McDonald will be appearing in his 102nd game tonight, the same number of games Kevin Youkilis has played in this year.

Joe Maddon
Tampa Bay Rays (83-54)

He's always in the conversation because he's really, really cool. And still everyone is shocked the Rays are good now. That's not to say he's done a bad job, but I think he'll get votes because of those two reasons, mainly.

National League

Bud Black Bud Black
San Diego Padres (77-59)

About 11 games ago, Black seemed to have this trophy in the bag. Nobody could quite figure out how the Padres were leading the National League West by 6 1/2 games. Apparently someone got the message that they weren't that good to the Padres, and the team promptly went on a 10-game losing streak. They now hold a one-game lead over the Giants. If the Padres don't make the playoffs, look for Black to fall out of the lead for this award. If they hold on to win, it's likely his.

Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds (79-58)

The Reds were a popular sleeper pick during spring training, but nobody actually believed they'd beat out the Cardinals. There's time for Cincinnati to completely collapse (see below), but it looks like the Reds will make their first playoff appearance since 1995 and with just three more wins, will notch the franchise's first winning season since 2000. It would also be fun to watch the internet explode when Baker wins his fourth Manager of the Year Award, tying Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox for the most ever (the award started in 1983 -- La Russa won the AL award that season).

Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves (79-59)

One more for old times sake? Besides the sentimentality, the Braves have held off the Phillies (to this point).  Some will say Cox has been the beneficiary of great rosters, others will say his teams rarely got it done in the biggest games but in the end, his results in this day and age have been exceptional. This season is just another tribute to his consistency.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 4:27 pm

Padres giving Latos rest

Mat Latos The Padres have made sure to use their kid gloves on their kid ace, Mat Latos.

Latos is just 22 and in his second season in the majors. His right arm is as important to San Diego as the Pacific Ocean. But the Padres are also in a pennant race and also have to keep an eye on playoffs.

With that in mind, the Padres are giving Latos two more days rest next week. In addition to Monday's off day, his Wednesday start against Arizona has been pushed back to Friday's series-opener against Philadelphia.

"It's an opportunity with the off-day to get him a few days more of rest," Padres manager Bud Black told MLB.com . "We mentioned you might see this in the second half. He's been going at it hard the last number of starts."

The Padres have been cautious with Latos already, putting him on the disabled list after a sneeze caused him side pain. That gave him 16 days between starts.

The team has said it hopes to keep him between 150-180 innings this season. Latos has already thrown 142 2/3 innings this season (with a 13-5 record and 2.33 ERA).

Last season, Latos threw a total of 123 innings, 50 2/3 for San Diego and 72 1/3 innings between Class A and Double-A. He threw 56 innings in 2008 and 56 1/3 in 2007.

With a  five-game lead over the Giants in the National League West, the Padres have some breathing room. More important than padding their lead at this point is making sure Latos is ready for the postseason. With him having already made such a big jump in innings, it's only prudent to do what the Padres are doing now -- and likely through the rest of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 17, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 2:01 pm

Padres looking to extend Black

Bud Black The Padres hope to sign manager Bud Black to an extension, the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Bill Center writes .

"I hope something gets done by the end of the season," general manager Jed Hoyer told Center.

The Padres hold a club option for Black in 2011 after he was given a one-year extension last August.

Black is the rare former pitcher to be a manager and the Padres pitching staff has responded to Black, leading the majors in ERA (3.22) and WHIP (1.22).

Black is currently the only former pitcher managing in the big leagues. The last former pitcher to win a playoff series as a manager is Roger Craig (1989) and the last one to win a World Series is Tommy Lasorda (1988).

As manager of the Padres, Black is in his fourth season with a 279-297, including 52-37 this season. His only full-season with a winning record was his first, 2007, when the Padres went 89-74 and finished third in the NL West. As a pitcher, Black was 121-116 with a 3.84 ERA in 15 seasons with five different teams, including a World Series title with the 1985 Royals.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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