Who Will Manage the Dodgers? – MLB BaseballMonday, November 9, 2015 7:00
Don Mattingly is gone; who will helm the Los Angeles Dodgers next?
Who Will Manage the Dodgers? The 5 Top Rumored Candidates
The Los Angeles Dodgers came up short in the 2015 postseason, and manager Don Mattingly paid the price. Mattingly has already landed in Miami, but the Dodgers managerial position remains vacant. There is no shortage of candidates, though – rumors are flying left and right about who might take the job. The most likely picks include people in the Dodgers organization, former players, and bench coaches working for competing National League teams. Here are the candidates to watch.
Darin Erstad, Nebraska Cornhuskers (NCAA) head coach
Dave Martinez, Chicago Cubs bench coach
Ron Roenicke, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach
All of these guys are solid candidates, but we think they’re going to come up short compared to the others we list below.
Current job: unemployed
Bud Black is one of the top managerial candidates in baseball, which is why the Nationals decided to hire him. He also won’t come cheap, which is why the Nationals changed their minds. The Dodgers can afford Black, who was just fired by the Padres this year after they stumbled in a big-spending season. Black would be a very solid choice, should the Dodgers choose to go that route.
Current job: Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Development
Tons of names are circulating for the open Dodgers managerial position (there are more even than we’ve listed here; we cut the long shots out). That could be a good sign for Kapler. Kapler works in the Dodgers organization and was a rumored frontrunner right away. It’s possible that the swarm of candidates is designed to make the Dodgers look like they’re seriously vetting more guys then they are – so that things will look on the level when they hand the job to Kapler. If you have to bet on one guy, make it Kapler.
Current job: New York Mets bench coach
Geren was on the coaching staff of the New York Mets team that ended the Dodgers’ season and eventually reached the World Series. He’s a strong candidate with experience as a major league manager (with the Oakland A’s, fired in 2011). The Mets have already given him permission to interview with LA, so he’s clearly in the running.
Current job: retired
Gibson’s last stint in baseball was as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was National League Manager of the year back in 2011, when his team over performed and made the playoffs. He was fired in 2014, and it wasn’t clear that he was ever coming back to the game – especially after he was diagnosed with Parkinsons. He must feel up to the job, though, because he’s interviewing with the LA. Gibson is a tough, old-school guy, so there may be some concerns about his attitude towards advanced stats or star players. On the plus side, of course, Gibson is the legendary former Dodger who hit an iconic home run in the 1988 World Series.
Current job: Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach
Another internal option. Wallach has been mentioned as a candidate for a few managerial vacancies over the years, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him on this list. Wallach has never managed at the major league level, but he’ll get his shot soon. If the Dodgers don’t tab him, he’ll probably eventually end up somewhere else.
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