Hershiser will be last L.A. candidate

first_imgLOS ANGELES — As expected, the Dodgers will interview Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser for their vacant managerial position early next week. Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said Friday he wasn’t sure what day that interview will take place. DePodesta also said Hershiser will be the final candidate interviewed, meaning the Dodgers’ next manager will be either Hershiser, Terry Collins, Jerry Royster, Alan Trammell, Ron Wotus or Torey Luvullo. It also means former Detroit bench coach Kirk Gibson, who like Hershiser was a 1988 World Series hero for the Dodgers, isn’t a candidate for the job. Hershiser is the only candidate with no previous managerial experience in either the major or minor leagues. But he has made no secret of his desire to manage and more specifically his desire to manage the Dodgers and DePodesta seems reasonably convinced Hershiser is ready. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “There is no question he is very bright,’ DePodesta said. “He is a leader, and he certainly understands what it takes to win. He was a 17th-round draft pick and not originally thought of as much of a prospect, and he made himself into … possibly a Hall of Famer. It’s hard not to like a guy like that, especially given his intelligence and history here with this organization. “There is no doubt in my mind he has the capability, or we wouldn’t be bringing him in. The fact he’s the only (candidate) without managerial experience, I think that speaks to what we think of him and his capabilities.’ After saying early on in the search process that the club would have a manager in place by the end of October, DePodesta is now allowing for the possibility that it won’t. Major League Baseball embargoes all major announcements during the World Series, which begins tonight, runs at least through Wednesday and could go through Oct. 30. “Obviously, if it goes seven games, that would make it tough,’ DePodesta said. center_img Dodgers third base coach Glenn Hoffman is believed to have received an offer from former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy to join Tracy’s staff in Pittsburgh, but one source expressed doubt that Hoffman, who lives in Anaheim Hills, will accept. Pitching coach Jim Colborn and bench coach Jim Lett already have signed with the Pirates. @Dateline/justified:BALTIMORE @Body copy/justified: Forced to choose between friendship and pinstripes, Leo Mazzone went with his heart. After being wooed by the New York Yankees, the esteemed pitching coach agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, the team managed by his best friend, Sam Perlozzo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more