Terry Pendleton added to interview list

General manager Paul DePodesta has added Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton to the list of candidates for the Dodgers' managerial position and he will be interviewed on Wednesday. And Dodger World Series Hero Orel Hershiser's name has also cropped up as a possible candidate, along with Kirk Gibson, Rick Dempsey and Bobby Valentine.

"We continue to do research on some other candidates," DePodesta said. "We believe pretty strongly in Dodger tradition. I'm not going to get into actual names, but we're definitely exploring and having some conversations with some former Dodgers in addition to the ones we already have interviewed."

DePodesta hopes to have preliminary telephone conversations, after which he will determine if he wants to bring any of them in for formal interviews.

Gibson, who like Hershiser was a Dodgers World Series hero in 1988, was fired along with Tigers manager Alan Trammell on Oct. 3.

Valentine's club is trying to reach the finals against Central League champion Hanshin. Valentin, who previously managed the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, still has close ties with Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who presently is a special consultant to owner Frank McCourt.

The Dodgers interviewed five candidates last week. They included Jerry Royster, manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate; Trammell; San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus; Dodgers player development director Terry Collins; and Northridge resident Torey Lovullo, manager of Cleveland's Double-A Akron affiliate.

"I'm very impressed with all five," DePodesta told MLB.com. "I could see our next manager coming out of that group."

Pendleton will be the sixth candidate interviewed, and there might not be a seventh even though DePodesta said the list ultimately could go as high as eight.

Pendleton just completed his fourth season as hitting coach of the division champion Braves. A former MVP and All-Star third baseman, the 45-year-old was born in Los Angeles, attended Fresno State and went on to play in five World Series, two with St. Louis and three with Atlanta.

"He was on our original list of interest," DePodesta said of Pendleton. "We don't have as much history with him as our other candidates, but the people we've talked to think very highly of him. We heard he had an excellent interview last year for a manager's job in Philadelphia."

DePodesta also said second interviews with those candidates who aren't eliminated after the first round of interviews might be conducted by telephone, which clearly would save time.

DePodesta said he still is holding out some hope of having a manager in place before the World Series, which begins Saturday. Major League Baseball discourages clubs from making such major announcements during the World Series because it doesn't want its marquee event upstaged.

"It certainly would be nice to have the new manager involved in those meetings," DePodesta said. "But we're not going to do it because we're pressed for time, whether it's because of the World Series or because of the meetings."

Hershiser has made no secret of his desire to manage the club for which he pitched a record 59 consecutive scoreless innings in 1988 and led them to a World Series victory.

Several sources say Hershiser wowed Oakland general manager Billy Beane during a preliminary phone conversation last week before the A's ultimately re-signed manager Ken Macha, and DePodesta's ties to Beane are well known.

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