Don Mattingly is out as Dodgers manager. So who might be in?
Here are five candidates:
- Dave Martinez
- Chicago Cubs bench coach
- Bud Black
- Former San Diego Padres manager
- Gabe Kapler
- Dodgers minor league director
- Tim Wallach
- Dodgers bench coach
- Ron Roenicke
- Dodgers third-base coach
Martinez was Joe Maddon's longtime lieutenant with the Tampa Bay Rays when Andrew Friedman was the general manager. When Friedman left last fall for the Dodgers and Maddon left for the Cubs, Martinez interviewed for the manager's job in Tampa Bay. When the Rays bypassed him, Martinez followed Maddon to the Cubs. Martinez, 51, played 16 seasons in the major leagues. He speaks Spanish, which would be huge with a team that has invested heavily in Latin America and still struggles to get through to Yasiel Puig.
Black managed the Padres for nine seasons, and his political savvy is reflected in the fact that he served under four general managers -- including Josh Byrnes, now the Dodgers' senior vice president, who inherited Black in San Diego and did not fire him. Players almost universally speak highly of Black's ability to run a clubhouse and relate to players. Black, 58, served as the Angels' pitching coach when they won their lone World Series championship in 2002, and before that worked in the analytically inclined front office of the Cleveland Indians, where Byrnes and former Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta also trained.
Kapler already is part of the Dodgers front office, with a year's experience working with Friedman. And Kapler has more managerial experience than Mattingly did when he took over the Dodgers; Kapler managed one season in the Class A South Atlantic League. Kapler, 40, played 12 years in the major leagues as an outfielder. He was born in Hollywood and played at Taft High School in Woodland Hills; he was a 57th-round draft pick.
Wallach draws raves from players, and one Dodgers staffer said during the playoffs that he did not understand why someone who commands such respect, knows the game and communicates so well has not gotten a major league managerial opportunity yet. Wallach is a candidate for the vacant Washington Nationals job and previously has interviewed for jobs in Detroit and Seattle. Wallach, 57, a former All-Star third baseman for the Montreal Expos, was named Best Managerial Prospect by Baseball America in 2009, when he managed the Dodgers' triple-A Albuquerque affiliate.
Roenicke was added to the Dodgers coaching staff in August, replacing Lorenzo Bundy in an effort to improve the team's baserunning. Mattingly selected Roenicke from a list of candidates provided by Friedman. Roenicke, 59, was fired in May as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, during his fifth season in that job. He served on the Angels coaching staff for 11 years -- at one point replacing Maddon as bench coach -- and on the Dodgers coaching staff from 1992-93. Roenicke, an outfielder, played at Edgewood High School in West Covina and UCLA and was the Dodgers' first-round pick in the June 1977 draft.
What about ...?
Two former Dodgers stars -- Dusty Baker and Mike Scioscia -- might be popular among fans but would not be a fit to manage the Dodgers at this time. Both have enjoyed successful managerial careers, but neither would mesh with the approach of Friedman and the Dodgers' new front office.
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