Now Commenting On:

Padres skipper likely to get extension

Padres skipper likely to get extension

SAN DIEGO -- A day after Padres CEO Jeff Moorad confirmed that manager Bud Black would likely have his contract extended "at some point," general manager Kevin Towers gave Black a ringing endorsement for the job he's done.

"He certainly warrants an extension," Towers said prior to Saturday's game against the Dodgers at PETCO Park. "I personally feel he's done his best job of managing this year in the three years he has been here ... considering the product, the inexperience, youth, the injuries that he's had to deal with.

"To keep this team competitive, he's done a very nice job."

San Diego took a 34-45 record into Saturday's game against the Dodgers, and the club was 16 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the National League West.

Black is 186-218 in 2 1/2 seasons. This season, he has had to deal with a rash of injuries, as three members of the projected Opening Day starting rotation -- Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Cha Seung Baek -- have missed a combined 118 games.

Shortstop Everth Cabrera missed 52 games with a broken hamate bone, and outfielder Scott Hairston missed 16 games in June when the team went 9-19.

Towers commended Black for everything from his relationship with his players to two new members of the coaching staff [hitting coach Jim Lefebvre and bench coach Ted Simmons] and his ability to continue to learn the NL.

"I think he's shown a little more emotion this year. He's a little more comfortable in his shoes," Towers said.

Towers said discussions on extending Black's contract -- a three-year deal he signed before his first season in 2007 -- started in Spring Training, though Black never once brought up the subject.

"He's handled it like a champ," Towers said. "From the conversations I've had with Jeff [Moorad], he's been very pleased [with Black]."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español