Dodgers narrow managerial candidates down to two; Bud Black out

Baseball The Dodgers have been without a manager since mutually parting ways with Don Mattingly on Oct. 22, but an announcement of a new skipper could come as early as Friday, ESPN reports. The team has narrowed its list to two candidates, Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts.  MORE: Top 25 free agents this offseasonFormer Padres manager Bud Black, who initially agreed to become manager of the Nationals before being "deeply offended" by their contract offer, appears to be out of th

e mix to lead the Dodgers, ESPN says.  While Kapler doesn't have coaching or managerial experience in the majors, the Dodgers farm director is a favorite within the organization and shares a strong belief in sabermetrics with the Dodgers front office, according to Yahoo Sports. Roberts is a former major-league outfielder who was a finalist to become the Mariners manager this offseason. He worked under Dodgers VP Josh Byrnes when the two were with the Padres.

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