The Colorado Rockies formally introduced Bud Black as their new manager on Monday.
Black returns to the National League West Division after a brief hiatus, having managed the San Diego Padres for eight-plus seasons before he was dismissed during the 2015 campaign.
The 59-year-old Black admitted he was "pumped" when he received a call from Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich about the job.
"When you're not managing, you never assume anything's going to happen," Black said of getting a second chance in the dugout. "When Jeff reached out, I was extremely excited and honored."
Black succeeds Walt Weiss, whose contract expired at the end of last season. Weiss went 283-365 in his four seasons, including 75-87 in 2016.
Denver's Coors Field and its thin air has long been a hitter's haven, prompting a reporter to ask Black if he plans on taking an unconvential approach to managing at altitude.
"I'm not considering unconventional," Black said. "I like conventional. I like good starting pitching and good relief pitching. ... That works anywhere. I've seen that work across the history of the game and I think that can work here."
Black went 649-713 during his tenure with San Diego. The Padres won 89 games in 2007 -- his first season with the team -- and 90 games in 2010, when he was named the NL Manager of the Year.
Black spent last season as a special assistant to Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler, but his expertise is pitching. He served as pitching coach for the Angels from 2000-06, helping the team to a World Series championship in 2002.
Pitchers historically have struggled at Coors Field, but Black said he can easily relate to what they are feeling
"I see the game through the pitcher's eyes," he said. "It's natural for me to have a conversation with the pitcher."