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Bud Black is the current manager of the San Diego Padres. Bud Black was named manager of the team in 2007. He hails from San Mateo, California and played 15 seasons in the MLB as a left-handed pitcher. He won the 1985 World Series with the Kansas City Royals. Bud Black was the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2000-2006 under Manager Mike Scioscia. As the Angels pitching coach, Black won a World Series ring in 2002 against the San Francisco Giants. During the 2009 season, Black was given a contract extension for the 2010 season with a club option for 2011. During the 2010 season, the Padres gave Bud Black another three-year extension through 2013. Bud Black was the winner of the 2010 National League Manager of the Year Award, edging Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds. He did a remarkable job with the team and nearly led them to the postseason, despite a low payroll.
Jason Bartlett is the starting shortstop for the San Diego Padres. Bartlett grew up in Lodi, California and attended St. Mary's High School in Stockton, California. Bartlett went to San Joaquin Delta College and the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team. Jason Bartlett was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 13th round (390th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. In July 2002, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for Brian Buchanan. On November 28, 2007, the Twins traded Bartlett along with Matt Garza and Eduardo Morlan to the Tampa Bay Rays for Delmon Young, Jason Pridie, and Brendan Harris. On July 5, 2009, Bartlett was selected to represent Tampa Bay in the 2009 All Star Game after an outstanding season. He batted .330 and hit 14 home runs, while being noted in the media as the team leader of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays advanced to the World Series, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies. On December 17, 2010 Bartlett was traded to the San Diego Padres for Adam Russell, Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes, and Cole Figueroa.
Heath Bell is currently the closer for the San Diego Padres. Heath Bell hails from Oceanside, California. Bell attended Santa Ana College where he was named a senior All-American in 1997. He is right-handed and has a 94-98 miles per hour fastball as well as a sharp curveball. He pitched with the New York Mets from 2004 to 2006. On November 15, 2006, Bell was traded to San Diego, along with pitcher Royce Ring, for outfielder Ben Johnson and relief pitcher Jon Adkins. After taking over the closer role, Heath Bell has been one of the best in all of baseball. Bell ended the 2009 season leading the National League in saves with 42 in his first year as a full time closer. He was named to the National League All-Star Team in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Bell won the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award.
Orlando Hudson is currently the second baseman for the San Diego Padres. Hudson hails from Darlington, South Carolina where he was a 3-sport athlete in high school. After high school, Hudson went on to play baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College. Prior to joining the San Diego Padres, Hudson has played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2002–2005), Arizona Diamondbacks (2006–2008), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009), and Minnesota Twins (2010). He has been a 2-time All-Star selection, in 2007 with Arizona and 2009 with Los Angeles. He has also been a 4-time Gold Glove winner. Orlando Hudson is a charismatic player and brings a lot of energy to the clubhouse. His nickname is "O-Dawg."