Dodgers meet with Hershiser

Former Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser, became the sixth candidate to interview for the vacant Dodgers manager job. Hershiser, currently the Texas Rangers pitching coach, flew in for an evening meeting with general manager Paul DePodesta and Tom Lasorda.

Hershiser, 47, was a late addition to the short list of candidates that originally consisted of farm director Terry Collins, Triple-A manager Jerry Royster, former Detroit Tigers manager Alan Trammell, San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus and Cleveland Indians Minor League manager Torey Lovullo.

The search has now apparently been whittled from the original six candidates to three finalists, including Hershiser, Collins and the third finalist likely is former Detroit manager Alan Trammell.

"I thought it went fantastic," Hershiser said. "It wasn't this high pressure, answer this or that type thing. It was so conversational. It was just a fun night. Mr. McCourt will make a great decision, whether or not I am the manager or in the front office. I enjoyed getting to know him."

Lasorda, special advisor to the chairman and the club's former manager, introduced Hershiser to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and took part in the interview.

"It was very comfortable because Tommy was there," said Hershiser, just before flying back to Texas. "He was able to ask some questions to help Frank McCourt get to know me better."

Hershiser, 47, said he spent the evening in the interview and got a few updates on Game 3 of the World Series. He said Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta was not at the interview, but that he spoke at length with him by phone.

It is unclear if the club intends to interview any other candidates, although former Dodger Bobby Valentine had been rumored a possibility. He was managing in Japan and will be under contract until November.

The finalists will be returning for second interviews that will include owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. No hiring is expected until possibly not until early November.

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