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Padres Pick Up Club Options for Manager Bud Black

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Slowly but surely, the San Diego Padres are improving in an evolving National League. To help the transition even further, the team has picked up the 2014 and 2015 options on manager Bud Black's contract.

Black has been with the Padres since the start of the 2007 season. While he has never made the playoffs during that time, the team won as much as 90 games just two seasons ago.

"Buddy has a keen insight into team dynamics and creates a great environment for the players and coaching staff," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. "He is a gifted leader with a terrific mind for the game and a genuine interest and curiosity related to all areas of our organization."

Even though the team finished 76-86 in 2012, the team did go 42-33 after the All-Star break.

Black was named the National League Manager of the Year in 2010 when the team won 15 more games that year than the previous season.

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