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Nationals reportedly intend to hire Black as manager

Nationals reportedly intend to hire Black as manager

The Washington Nationals intend to hire former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black to become the sixth full-time manager in the team's history, according to people familiar with the situation. The Nationals have not announced Black's expected hiring as Major League Baseball frowns upon teams making major announcements during the World Series. Black managed the Padres for 8 1/2 seasons before he was fired this season after a 32-33 start. Black compiled a 649-713 record (.477) and never reached the playoffs with the Padres. But in San Diego, Black built a strong reputation for handling a pitching staff and for his ability to communicate well with players, thanks to an...

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