Ken Gurnick of mlb.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers will interview Braves' hitting coach Terry Pendlton for their managerial opening this Wednesday.
Pendleton, who was born in Los Angeles, interviewed with the Philadelphia Phillies last winter before they hired Charlie Manual. He has been rumored for other openings over the past several years.
The 45-year-old Pendleton just finished his fourth season as the Braves' hitting coach. Many believe he could replace Bobby Cox as Atlanta's skipper once the future Hall of Famer calls it a career.
Pendleton spent four seasons (1991-1994) with the Braves as a player, winning the National League MVP award in the magical 1991 season. He started his career with the Cardinals (1984-1990) and after his stint with the Braves spent a season and a half with the Marlins, and one season each with the Reds and Royals. Pendleton was traded back to Atlanta in the 1996 season toward the end of the year. He retired after the 1998 season.
The Dodgers have already interviewed their Farm Director, and former Manager of the Astros and Angels, Terry Collins, along with their AAA Manager and former Brave Jerry Royster, former Tigers' Manager Alan Trammell, Giants' bench coach Ron Wotus, and Indians' minor league manager Torey Lovullo.
Paul DePodesta, the Dodgers' GM, says he is considering several more interviews, including some former Dodger players.
If Pendleton leaves the Braves, the team could turn to Don Baylor, who was Atlanta's hitting coach in 1999, but left to manage the Cubs in 2000. They could also promote from within their system and promote Myrtle Beach hitting coach Franklin Stubbs, or they could bring in a former Brave like Dale Murphy, who was interviewed for the job a few years ago, but decided to stay at home in Utah.
Pendleton will be the second Braves' coach to interview for a manager's job this offseason. Third base coach Fredi Gonzalez interviewed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Florida Marlins.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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