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 him."
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 in 1998.
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 Brian Sabean.
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 Oct. 29.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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