Bud Black, NL's best manager

Updated: August 16, 2010, 5:36 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Watching Wade LeBlanc pitch the San Diego Padres to a victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday put me in mind of a spring training game I saw in Arizona, the Padres facing the Chicago White Sox. LeBlanc worked that day as well. At the time, we were told the left-hander was pitching for his spot on the team, and that's exactly what he looked like -- a guy trying desperately to win a spot.

Fast forward these several months, and while LeBlanc isn't contending for the ...

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