February 22, 2020

Report: Washington Nationals to hire Bud Black as new manager

The Washington Nationals will hire Bud Black to be their new manager, according to James Wagner of The Washington Post.

Black was tabbed as a favorite soon after Matt Williams was fired on the first Monday in October. Black, 58, managed in San Diego from 2007 until June of this season. What Black has lacked in playoff experience (zero playoff appearances and just two winning records in 2007 and 2010), he makes up for in management skills, both with the bullpen and in the clubhouse as a whole.

Black does have a bit of World Series success on his resume, serving as the pitching coach under Mike Scioscia in Anaheim from 2000-06 and picking up a ring in 2002.

Black played in the majors for all or part of 16 seasons for six different teams. He was on the staff in Kansas City in 1985 when the Royals won the World Series.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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