Tampa Coach to Interview With Colletti

The Dodgers have received permission from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to interview coach John McLaren for their vacant managerial position. McLaren, 54, will be the second candidate interviewed by new general manager Ned Colletti. Jim Fregosi, a special assignment scout for the Atlanta Braves, was interviewed a week ago and remains the front-runner.

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Friday he didn't know when McLaren would meet with new general manager Ned Colletti. Rawitch also said Colletti planned to request permission to interview at least one other potential candidate who is under contract with another team.

The Dodgers have been without a manager since parting ways with Jim Tracy on Oct. 3 - the day after the season ended. Los Angeles was 71-91 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 fired as the Dodgers' GM on Oct. 29. Colletti was introduced Nov. 16, and said his first priority was to select a new manager.

The only other known candidate for the Dodgers' job is former major league manager Jim Fregosi. Colletti met with Fregosi for about three hours in Tampa last weekend.

The Dodgers got permission to speak with Angels pitching coach Bud Black earlier this week, but Black decided to remain in his current position.

McLaren was the Devil Rays bench coach the past three seasons under Manager Lou Piniella and has spent 13 seasons on Piniella's coaching staff with various teams. McLaren was a finalist to replace Piniella as Devil Rays manager, a position that went to former Angels bench coach Joe Maddon.

McLaren has 36 years experience in professional baseball as a Minor League catcher, coach and manager (430-483 in Toronto's system), Major League coach, Winter League manager (nine seasons in Colombia and Venezuela) and scout. In addition to Tampa Bay, McLaren has interviewed with the Seattle Mariners (Bob Melvin was hired) and the Cincinnati Reds (Dave Miley). He never played in the Major Leagues.

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