Reports of managerial candidates interviewing with the Nationals are pouring in with the latest involving Bud Black, a former NL manager of the year.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today shared the news on Twitter, saying Black will interview later this week for the opening. Black, 58, was fired by the San Diego Padres in June after nine years as their manager.
Black won NL manager of the year back in 2010 when the Padres went 90-72 and improved their record by 15 games from the season before. He finished his Padres career with a 649-713 (.477) overall mark.
The Padres never made the playoffs under Black, but he has a strong reputation around the league. He was axed this season after going 32-33 through San Diego's first 55 games. With a new GM in A.J. Preller and a roster beefed up significantly last winter, the Padres did not reach their preseason expectations under Black.
Despite not enjoying much success with the Padres, Black is viewed by many as a good manager who rarely had enough talent in San Diego to compete for division titles. If he took over in Washington, he would inherit a roster well-positioned to at least compete for the playoffs and maybe more depending on what they do this winter.
Black pitched for 15 seasons in the majors and won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 1985. He also played for the Giants, Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays. He and Matt Williams were actually teammates in San Francisco from 1991 to 1994. In college Black pitched for San Diego State University, which is Stephen Strasburg's alma mater.
Black joins Phil Nevin and Alex Cora on the list of Nats managerial candidates with interviews so far.