Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasnt been announced.
A former Dodgers outfielder, the 43-year-old Roberts will be the first minority manager in the franchise's history. His father is African American and his mother is Japanese.
Roberts was most recently the bench coach of the San Diego Padres.
Once a swift-footed outfielder, Roberts played in the major leagues for 10 seasons. He became an established player with the Dodgers, who acquired him before the 2002 season.
Roberts was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He is probably best-known for his steal for them in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that year. With the Red Sox trailing the series, three games to zero, and the game, 4-3, Roberts pinch ran in the ninth inning and stole second base. He later scored a run that sent the game into extra innings. The Red Sox went on to win the game, the series and, eventually, the World Series, their first championship since 1918.
Roberts joined the Padres staff in 2011 as first base coach.
He is the first Dodgers manager hired by Andrew Friedman, who became the teams president of baseball operations last year.
Friedman worked last season with the manager he inherited, Don Mattingly.
The 2015 season was Mattinglys fifth, and last, as Dodgers manager. When the season ended, Mattingly and the team parted ways. Both parties described the split as a mutual decision, but refused to offer any details.
A week later, Mattingly signed a four-year contract to manage the Miami Marlins.
While Mattingly was completing his deal with the Marlins, Friedman and the Dodgers started searching for his replacement.
The early favorite was Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers' farm director. A former major league outfielder, Kapler played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays when Friedman was their general manager. When Kapler retired, Friedman hired him to work in the Rays front office. When Friedman moved to the Dodgers, he brought in Kapler to run the minor league system.
Two other in-house candidates were interviewed: bench coach Tim Wallach and third base coach Ron Roenicke.
Mattingly has said Wallach would join him on the new Marlins staff.
Several outside candidates were also considered, including former Dodgers World Series hero Kirk Gibson, former Angels outfielder and University of Nebraska head Coach Darin Erstad, former Padres manager Bud Black and Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez.
Like Mattingly before him, the new manager probably will receive guidance from the front office on everything from lineup to bullpen decisions.
Many of the problems Mattingly encountered also remain, including expectations of a World Series championship. Only now, the team might not have the same resources that existed when Mattingly managed it.
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