LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to interview Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton for their vacant managerial job.
Team spokesman Josh Rawitch confirmed that Pendleton is scheduled to meet with Dodgers officials Wednesday.The Dodgers hope to have a manager in place by the end of the week, but a firm timetable hasn't been set.The team has interviewed five candidates to succeed Jim Tracy: Terry Collins, the team's farm director and a former big league manager of the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels; Alan Trammell, fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 3; Jerry Royster, manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Las Vegas; Torey Lovullo, a manager in the Cleveland Indians' system, and Ron Wotus, bench coach for the San Francisco Giants.Trammell has interviewed for the vacant Tampa Bay managerial job as well.Rawitch also said Sunday that the Dodgers might interview some former Dodgers players for their managerial job. Two 1988 World Series heroes are believed to be on that short list _ Tigers bench coach Kirk Gibson and Texas Rangers pitching coach Orel Hershiser.The Dodgers' job became vacant when the team and Tracy cut ties Oct. 3 _ one day after the team's second-worst season in Los Angeles ended. Tracy was hired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates last Tuesday.Tracy managed the Dodgers to winning records in four of his five seasons on the job. They won 93 games, the NL West championship and their first postseason game since 1988 last year, but slipped to 71-91 this season.