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.
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.
It’s been seven days since Don Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually parted ways. The quest to find Mattingly’s successor is proceeding exactly as Andrew Friedman predicted last Thursday: cautiously.
“I am not a candidate,” Hinch told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel. “I’m an Astro. I’m proud to be here. Jeff Luhnow, the GM here, Jim Crane, our owner, have been terrific to me. I’ve got this second chance here, they hired me last offseason to do a job and I’m completely content being here. Obviously I have great friends throughout the industry — [Dodgers executive] Josh Byrnes, the one who started me off with this managerial track in Arizona — so I have great respect. They are going to hire a great guy. It’s not going to be me.”
Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler is the top candidate to replace Mattingly. Dodgers third base coach Ron Roenicke and Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez are also among the favorites. Formal interviews haven’t begun.
Roenicke and Mattingly discussed the when and why of the unusual in-season coaching change:
I also spoke to outgoing third base coach Lorenzo Bundy and general manager Farhan Zaidi prior to the game. More from them in a bit.
The Dodgers hired former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke as their third base coach Monday. Lorenzo Bundy will remain on the bench with the title of “outfield coordinator.”
That gives the Dodgers seven uniformed coaches on the bench in addition to manager Don Mattingly, one above the major league maximum. To accommodate Roenicke, assistant hitting coach John Valentin will not be on the bench during games.
Roenicke managed the Brewers to a 342-331 record from 2011-15, before being replaced in May. The West Covina native was an outfielder in the Majors from 1981-88, including parts of three seasons with the Dodgers (1981-83). Before being named the Brewers’ skipper prior to the 2011 campaign, the 58-year-old was a longtime coach for the Angels, serving as their third base (2000-05) and bench coach (2006-10).