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MLB: Rockies extend Black contract for second time

Colorado Rockies team manager Bud Black has agreed to a one-year extension to his contract.

The 64-year-old was entering the final year of his three-year deal before he and the Rockies agreed to extend and he will remain with Colorado through the 2023 season.

Black oversees Rockies upturn

The Rockies are 100/1 to win the World Series and when Black took over in 2016, the Rockies had not been to the play-offs since 2009 and had suffered six consecutive losing seasons.

In 2016 the pitching staff posted a 4.79 ERA, while the bullpen's ERA was 5.10, with Black hired by former general manager Jeff Bridich to fix the pitching and turn the team around.

In 2017 and 2018, the Rockies qualified for the play-offs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history and in the latter year the Rockies were one game away from winning their first National League West title.

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The situation now is the opposite. The offence has gone cold and the bullpen has struggled with all-star infielder Nolan Arenado leaving and shortstop Trevor Storey likely soon to follow him out of the door.

Black was pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels until 2007, when he left to manager the San Diego Padres, but was fired during the 2015 season.

Black has enjoyed success

He was named as National League manager of the year in 2010 when he led San Diego to a 90-72 record and second place in the NL West.

This is the second time the Rockies have extended Black's contract, as during Spring Training in 2019 he signed a three-year deal. In five seasons with Colorado.

Black has a 349-359 record, a 4.93 winning percentage that ranks the best by any manager in franchise history.

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