Black Headed to D.C. As National League All-Star Coach

For anyone who did not know the strength of the friendship of managers Bud Black of the Rockies and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers, they should have tuned in for the announcement of the NL Manager of the Year last November.

Black and Roberts spent the time leading up to the announcement sitting by the pool at Roberts' home in the San Diego area, just down the road from where Black lives in the off-season, enjoying a glass of wine and chatting.

So it really comes as no surprise that on Sunday word came out that Roberts, who will manage the NL team in the All-Star Game later this month, invited Black to be on his coaching staff, and Black accepted.

They have had ample chances to get to know each other on and off the field over the years. Roberts was an outfielder with the Padres during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, when Black was the manager.

After his playing career, Roberts spent the 2010 season as a Baseball Operations special assistant to the Padres only to be added to Black's staff as the first base coach in 2011, and moved to the bench coach in 2014.

This will be Black's fourth year as an All-Star coach. Pitching coach for the world champion Angels in 2002, he was on the AL staff in 2003 when Angels manager Mike Scioscia was the AL manager. 

He also was on the NL staff in 2008 when former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was the manager, and was added to the 2010 NL staff by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.