The Dodgers have reportedly made their decision, expecting to name Dave Roberts to be their manager on Monday, per Dylan Hernandez, Bill Shaikin and Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed the report, as did Dodger Talk co-host David Vassegh.
The team has not yet made an announcement.
Roberts reportedly beat out current director of player development Gabe Kapler, with both finalists emerging from an initial reported group of nine candidates.
Roberts, who turns 44 in May, will be the fourth-youngest manager in baseball, older than only Kevin Cash of the Rays, Andy Green of the Padres, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch.
Roberts, whose father is African-American and whose mother is Japanese, will be the Dodgers first minority manager in club history.
Roberts has technically more managing experience at the time of the hire than Don Mattingly did when he was hired in 2011, though not by much. Roberts managed all of one game in 2015 as interim manager of the Padres, taking over the day Bud Black was fired in San Diego. Pat Murphy took over as interim manager the next game and managed the rest of the season, with Roberts returning to his role as bench coach.
Roberts was with the Padres for six seasons, starting as a special assistant in baseball operations in 2010, then was first base coach in San Diego for three seasons, then moved into the dugout as bench coach for 2014-15.
The Dodgers famously had two managers in a 42½-year span, with Walt Alston and Tommy Lasorda leading the team from 1954 to midseason 1996. Roberts will the club's eighth manager in 20 years following Lasorda.