I can’t really believe this hiring would actually happen, but the Dodgers have reportedly interviewed Kirk Gibson for their managerial opening.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman has always been touted as a sabermetrics guy, as noted when Los Angeles hired him away from the Rays. And Gibson strikes me as being not a sabermetrics fan at all.
Surely, the Dodgers will have better options among the 10 or so expected to interview:
As many as 10 people are expected to interview for the job, sources told ESPN’s Mark Saxon.
Former San Diego Padres bench coach Dave Roberts already has interviewed, and University of Nebraska coach Darin Erstad reportedly will interview this week, sources said. Gabe Kapler, Ron Roenicke and Tim Wallach are expected to be candidates from in-house, sources said.
Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and New York Mets bench coach Bob Geren also are expected to receive interviews. On Wednesday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged giving permission to Geren to speak with the team.
Bud Black, who was in the running for the managerial job with the Washington Nationals before Dusty Baker was hired, also reportedly will meet with the Dodgers.
I would take many of those over Captain Grit.
And, I also don’t think Gibson is the type of manager that many team presidents or GMs favor, buying into said GM’s strategy and viewpoints and confining himself to implementing them on the field.
On the more serious side, Gibby was diagnosed with Parkinson’s this spring. I don’t know how this would affect him in the dugout, etc.