Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Dodgers receive permission to speak with Bud Black
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Bud Black
told the Dodgers on Tuesday he is not interested in being a
candidate for their vacant managerial job.
Angels executive Tim Mead confirmed that new Dodgers general
manager Ned Colletti called Angels GM Bill Stoneman to ask
permission to interview Black.
"They went through the formality and followed protocol," Mead
said. "Ned called and asked for permission and Bill gave it to
However, Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Black declined the
opportunity, as he has with other past jobs, because he didn't want
to have to move his family from the San Diego area.
The 48-year-old Black was hired as the Angels' pitching coach in
November 1999. He pitched in the majors for 15 seasons and had a
121-116 record with a 3.84 ERA before retiring in 1995.
Black, who has never managed, spent the 1996, 1997 and 1999
seasons as an assistant to the GM for the Cleveland Indians. He was
the pitching coach for the Indians' Triple-A farm club in Buffalo
The Dodgers are also interested in speaking to two other
candidates currently under contract with other teams. They are
waiting to hear back from the general manager of one of the clubs,
and received informal permission to speak to the other candidate,
who they will not identify until formal permission is granted.
Colletti, assistant GM Kim Ng, vice president of scouting and
player development Roy Smith and director of amateur scouting Logan
White met with former big league manager Jim Fregosi for about
three hours during the weekend in Tampa, Fla. Colletti was there to
attend the wedding of his former boss, San Francisco Giants GM
Colletti, Sabean's assistant the past nine years, was introduced
last Wednesday as the Dodgers' GM, and said his first priority was
to hire a manager. The team has been without one since parting ways
with Jim Tracy on Oct. 3 -- the day after the season ended.
The Dodgers had a 71-91 record last season -- one year after
winning the NL West with a 93-69 mark. Paul DePodesta was nearing
the end of a managerial search when he was abruptly fired as GM on