Former Dodgers outfielder and current Padres bench coach Dave Roberts has interviewed with the Dodgers for their vacant managerial position, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, who also reported the Dodgers aren't close to a decision on their next manager.
Roberts was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Dodgers' job by Rosenthal on Oct. 22, the day manager Don Mattingly and the club mutually agreed to part ways. Roberts, 48, was also a finalist for the Mariners manager job that went to Scott Servais.
Roberts played 10 years (1999-2008) in the outfield with five different major league teams, including from 2002-2004 with the Dodgers. After his playing career he joined the Padres front office as a special assistant in the front office in 2010, followed by three years as first base coach. Roberts was the bench coach in San Diego in 2014 and 2015.
Rosenthal reported that Roberts is likely to move on from San Diego no matter what, while Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that if Roberts does return to the Padres it might be in a different role than bench coach. The Padres hired Andy Green as manager on Oct. 29.
The Padres fired Bud Black as manager on June 15, and Roberts took over as interim manager for one day, before Pat Murphy was brought up from the minors to manage the rest of the season. San Diego lost that one game with Roberts at the helm, a position he took seriously.
"It’s something that I definitely aspire to," Roberts told the Union-Tribune that night. "I didn’t really envision it under these circumstances."