Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are interviewing as many as 10 candidates for their open managerial position. Good thing the Padres jumped on Andy Green before anyone else in baseball figured out who he was. Meanwhile the Dodgers are interviewing two names familiar to Padres fans: Former manager Bud Black and Former bench coach Dave Roberts. That's right, Roberts is leaving the Padres regardless of what happens in LA. He's done with this franchise.
Sources: #Dodgers have interviewed Dave Roberts for managing job. LAD not close to decision. Roberts expected to move on from SD regardless.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 3, 2015
Roberts, who worked under Dodgers vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes when Byrnes was general manager of the Padres, made a favorable impression in his interview with the Dodgers, sources say.
Black, Padres manager from November 2006 until June 2015, also worked under Byrnes in San Diego. But the Dodgers are not necessarily looking for experience; the perception within the industry is that the front office might prefer a manager it can mold.
If you can make it through all the talk of Dave Roberts courageously stealing a base in Boston in this LA Times article, you'll find a quote from Roberts that feels like a dagger in the butt.
"To have an opportunity the work for the best franchise in sports would be a huge honor," he said. "An opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in all of baseball is something that really intrigues me.''
That coaching staff seemed really dysfunctional after Bud Black was dismissed. Since then the Padres made it pretty clear to Roberts that they didn't want him when he was denied an interview for their manager position but Mark Kotsay was given one.
Padres interviewed Mark Kotsay for manager because he expressed interest. Dave Roberts likely would've interviewed if Padres had reached out— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) November 4, 2015
I can definitely understand Roberts' frustration with the Padres leadership, that part I get, but that comment about the Dodgers is vicious.