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.
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:
Hearing #Dodgers will conduct 3 interviews for managerial finalists next week. Kapler, Black, Erstad, Roberts still in running.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 13, 2015
Dodgers narrow MGR search to: Gabe Kapler, Darrin Erstad, Dave Roberts and Bud Black: https://t.co/Yg4oSWEVfU
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 13, 2015
Update (10 p.m.): Erstad is out, and ESPN has scratched Gibson from the list on its original report.
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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.
A surprising bit of news leaked out of our nation’s capital today: Bud Black will not manage the Washington Nationals.
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.
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: