PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -The San Diego Padres exercised manager Bud Black's option for the 2009 season Tuesday.
Black made his managerial debut with the Padres in 2007, leading the club to an 89-74 record. The team fell one win short of a third straight playoff appearance. The 89 wins were the most for the Padres since they won a franchise-record 98 games in 1998.
``While we exercised Buddy's option for next year, we believe that he will continue to grow and develop as a major league manager for many years to come,'' general manager Kevin Towers said in a statement. ``He has exceeded our expectations and we are excited for the future of the Padres under his guidance.''

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