The Colorado Rockies were close to pay dirt last week regarding their impending managerial decision. This week, we got the answer we'd been waiting for.
Bud Black, who is most notable for his nine-year tenure as Padres manager, was hired by Colorado as the seventh manager in franchise history. Black managed San Diego from 2007-2015, making it to the postseason in 2007. Black was led out in 2015 after a string of losing seasons, but Colorado's still getting a guy with valuable experience at the major-league level.
With the veteran manager and a young, talented pitching staff, maybe this hire was just what the doctor ordered at Coors Field, which hasn't seen a postseason game since 2009.
Here's what else is happening around the National League West:
Torey Lovullo wasn't Arizona's first choice for manager, but the move made it clear that new GM Mike Hazen is running the show in Phoenix.
One contributor thinks Kenley Jensen would fit in well in the orange and black, even though he's practically tied to the Dodgers at this point.
Now THIS is a rumor.
Once thought to be the front-runner for the Diamonbacks manager job, Phil Nevin was quickly hired elsewhere, by another NL West team.
Don't worry, Colorado fans, because these two Rox are safe during this free agency period.
Corey Seager is the first Dodgers shortstop to do a lot of things. Now he's just adding another accomplishment to the list.
Zach Greinke added another piece of hardware to his case, but not with his pitching arm.
A bevy of Giants walked away with Gold Gloves this season.
The Padres are shooting to get Wil Myers hired for the long-term.