Dave Roberts will be named the Dodgers’ next manager, according to multiple reports Sunday. (Associated Press photo)
Dave Roberts will be the Dodgers’ next manager, according to multiple reports Sunday night.
Roberts was the San Diego Padres’ first base coach from 2011-13 and their bench coach the last two seasons. He has never managed at any level.
As an outfielder, Roberts starred at UCLA before playing 10 major league seasons for five different teams from 1999-2008. He broke through as an everyday player after being traded to the Dodgers prior to the 2002 season, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox in July 2004. His stolen base in Game 4 of that year’s American League Championship Series lifted the Red Sox to victory and keyed their comeback in the series.
Roberts, whose father is African-American and mother is Japanese, would become the first minority manager in Dodgers history. The team has yet to make an official announcement, and Roberts isn’t expected to be introduced Monday. According to several reports Sunday, his contract has yet to be finalized.
A two-word text message was all it took Thursday for a high-ranking Dodgers official to shoot down rumors that Gabe Kapler has been offered the manager’s job.
If Kapler does get the job, it will come as little surprise. The first-year director of player development been viewed for some time now as the top internal candidate to replace Don Mattingly, even before Mattingly and the Dodgers agreed to part ways last month. Kapler did not respond to a text message seeking comment.
Amid reports that Bud Black is joining the Angels’ front office, Kapler and Dave Roberts are the two remaining managerial candidates. Roberts reportedly interviewed well — so well that he got a second interview this week. The Padres’ bench coach last season, Roberts has never managed at the major-league level. Neither has Kapler.
Barring a late surprise, one of the two men will be introduced before the Winter Meetings, which begin Dec. 6. It’s believed that won’t happen until Monday at the earliest.
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.
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.
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.