PHOENIX -- If Bud Black closes his eyes, he can still probably picture it all. A sun-kissed afternoon by the bay in San Francisco, Opening Day at a sold-out AT&T Park, 2007 and Padres ace Jake Peavy throwing bullets.
That was Black's first game as a big league manager, and it couldn't have gone any better. The Padres blanked the Giants, 7-0.
On Sunday, Black earned career victory No. 600, as the Padres held on for a 7-4 win over the D-backs at Chase Field, a tidy bow to place atop a 3-7 road trip that was anything but pleasant.
"It's a tribute to the coaches, players and the organization," Black said.
Black is in his eighth season as manager. He had winning seasons in 2007 and again in '10, when the Padres won 90 games. Overall, Black -- now working for his fourth general manager in A.J. Preller -- has a record of 600-664.
He ranks second on the team's all-time managerial victory list, trailing only Bruce Bochy, who won 951 games as manager from 1995-2006. Bochy went on to win two World Series titles with the Giants.
Black was stuck on 599 career victories for three games before the Padres won the series finale.
As usual, Black, even after a victory, wasn't one for talking about himself. He'd rather talk about his players or key plays from, in this case, Sunday's win over the D-backs. Black, who is under contract through 2015, isn't big on the spotlight being turned directly on himself.
"It's a round number," he said of 600 wins, smiling. "I like 601 better."
Black, who was 121-116 during his 14 seasons as a big league pitcher, is one of two people in Major League history with 100 or more victories as a pitcher and 600 or more victories as a manager. The other is Hall of Famer Clark Griffith, who, according to Baseball-Reference.com, went 237-146 as a pitcher for seven teams from 1891-1914 and 1,491-1,367 in a 20-year managerial career that he began as player/manager of the Chicago White Stockings in 1901.