Bud Black has two World Series Rings and a last place finish to his credit. Unfortunately the rings are not with the Padres, but the last place finish is. He has rings as a player and a pitching coach, as a player with the Royals in 1985 and as the pitching coach with the Angels in 2002.
He was drafted by the Giants in 1977 in the 3rd round, but did not sign. Later in the secondary phase he was drafted by the Mets but again did not sign. In 1979 he was drafted by the Mariners in the 17th round and made his major league debut on September 5, 1981 against the Red Sox. He was traded to the Royals for Manny Castillo. He played for seven seasons for the Royals, winning the world series ring in 1985. In 1988 he was traded to the Indians for Pat Tabler, and released and signed as a free agent by the Indians. 1990 brought another change of scenery as he was traded to the Blue Jays with Mauro Gozzo for Steve Cummings and Alex Sanchez. Later that year he signed as a free agent with the Giants, where he pitched for four years. In 1995 he signed with the Indians as a free agent for his final season. He was signed as the Padres manager before the 2007 season when Bruce Bochy signed as the Giants manager after many years in the Padres organization, as a player, coach and manager. This is the first of the managers that I have signed. I have a signed card from each of the managers. I got this signed through the mail after the update cards came out in 2007.
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