One

He’s weighing those options now, working through some decisions.

He said he was 100 percent, he was fine.

Then just that freak incident on the steps.

He had the bat in his hand and he felt something in his forearm.

Two

We have to hope for the best in the future.

Three

He’s structurally intact.

He’s feeling better, and he’s doing fine.

It’s just been a slower recovery for him than most.

He just ran out of season.

Let’s get him as strong as possible.

Four

He was a soccer player and didn’t quite understand what he needed to do.

It was a great learning year for him in a lot of areas.

He wasn’t quite there yet.

Five

There were stretches of really good pitching.

Maybe he needed that bigger stage to totally focus.

Six

We wanted to err on the side of caution.

He came in and was quite honest.

Nip this in the bud instead of trying to push something.

Seven

His at-bats can be conducted a little bit better.

He’s got to be ready for the fastball, be ready in fastball counts.

Here, he’s let some good fastballs go without a swing.

We know he’s got the raw power.

Eight

He needs to gain experience, which takes time.

There is going to be a time where he’s no longer a secret.

He’ll have to make adjustments.

Nine

He showed determination through his time here.

It’s been great to witness him grow up.

Always could be counted on to do the right thing.

Let’s hope that it happens for him here.

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  • ballybunion

    I get the feeling Bud could be good at haiku if he really tried.

  • ballybunion

    Seriously, Bud reminds me of Norm Mineta, the token Democrat in George W. Bush’s cabinet as Transportation Secretary. Though talking heads listed him as most likely to be fired, he lasted until he decided to retire from public life.

    Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee noted that Mineta could expound on transportation issues for a solid hour, without notes. The reporters came away with the correct impression he knew the issues inside out, but Walters noted he never gave a memorable quote, and never said anything that got his boss in trouble.

    That’s a prescription for longevity, and Bud Black has it. He knows pitching like Mineta knows transportation issues, but if anything gets him fired it’s his inability to get production out of his hitters. If he stops viewing them as interchangeable utility players and platoon candidates, and NEVER sends a rookie to pinch hit for his first major league at bat, it might help.