Managing expectations, Day 28: Bud Black reportedly out; Ron Roenicke to Angels. Update.

Ron Roenicke

Ron Roenicke, center, was the Angels’ third base coach from 2000-05 and bench coach from 2006-10. He will reprise the role in 2016 after finishing last season on the Dodgers’ staff. (Getty Images)

Bud Black is reportedly out of the running to be the Dodgers’ next manager, and Ron Roenicke won’t remain on the coaching staff.

Black, one of three finalists to replace Don Mattingly, is no longer under consideration according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Black, 58, managed the San Diego Padres from 2007-15. He also was a finalist for the job in Washington that ultimately went to Dusty Baker.

If Black isn’t the Dodgers’ next manager, the job will go to a first-timer — either Gabe Kapler or Dave Roberts.

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Managing expectations, Day 23: Second interviews are coming, but who’s in the group? Update.

Kirk Gibson

Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and 1988 World Series hero Kirk Gibson is no longer a candidate to get a second interview for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy. (Getty Images)

ESPN.com reported today that the Dodgers will hold second interviews with four managerial candidates from a group including Gabe Kapler, Dave Roberts, Darin Erstad, Bud Black and Kirk Gibson.

Two sources familiar with the process told me that this is not entirely accurate. One source told me that three candidates, not four, will get second interviews, and that one of the three might not be from the group of five ESPN reported. So we’ll see. The Dodgers aren’t confirming a specific number of second-interview candidates yet.

Update (1:07 p.m.): Two more relevant nuggets as the Dodgers whittle down the field:

Update (10 p.m.): Erstad is out, and ESPN has scratched Gibson from the list on its original report.
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Managing expectations, Day 14: Bob Geren and Kirk Gibson, opposite ends of the spectrum. Update.

Kirk Gibson

Kirk Gibson will reportedly interview for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy. (Getty Images)

Kirk Gibson could have done practically anything with his life after October 15, 1988, and none of it would change how Dodger fans remember him first and foremost. Gibson’s home run off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series is number one on many lists in these parts.

Ranked somewhere far behind that in Gibson’s L.A. story: he will be counted among those who interviewed to replace Don Mattingly as the Dodgers’ manager, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The Dodgers have also received permission from the New York Mets to interview bench coach Bob Geren.

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Managing expectations, Day 12: Bud Black available to Dodgers?

Bud Black Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker (right) is the front-runner to be the Washington Nationals’ next manager after negotiations ended with Bud Black (left), according to multiple reports Monday. (Associated Press photo)


A surprising bit of news leaked out of our nation’s capital today: Bud Black will not manage the Washington Nationals.

From USAtoday.com:

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo offered Black the managerial job last Wednesday, which he accepted, but when they entered contract negotiations, they never came close to reaching a deal.

The Nationals, according to a person with knowledge of the talks, originally offered Black a one-year deal for $1.6 million, and refused to guarantee more than two years. Black informed the Nationals’ ownership several days ago that he couldn’t accept a deal, which is considerably lower than he anticipated.

By contrast, Don Mattingly, who has less experience, just received a four-year deal for about $10 million from the Miami Marlins.

Both USA Today and CBSsports.com are reporting that Dusty Baker is now the front-runner to manage the Nationals.

Baker earned $4 million in the final year of his contract when he was fired in 2013 by the Cincinnati Reds, according to USA Today, and $3.5 million according to CBS. He was not among the front-runners to manage the Dodgers.

Black, who managed under Dodgers executive Josh Byrnes in San Diego, is a candidate to at least get an interview this month.

Some more tidbits:

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