The LA Dodgers are in search of a new manager. As per a recent report, they are going to be bringing in a candidate who is also responsible for one of the biggest and most memorable moments in the history of this franchise.
Kirk Gibson had played for the Dodgers during 1998-90 and won National League Most Valuable Player in his first ever season at Los Angeles. He had hit a game winning home run off Dennis Eckersley of Oakland in the first game of the 1988 World Series and this is among the iconic moments in the history of this sport.
He was a manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks at one point but has been away from baseball for most of this year. He was fired by the Diamondbacks after the 2014 season and immediately went on to join the broadcast team at the Detroit Tigers. But in the beginning of the season, he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
He skippered the Diamondbacks for more than four seasons and had a 353-375 record including a 2011 National League West title. He was also awarded the Manager of the Year title in 2011 for the National League.
Don Mattingly, the manager of the Dodgers was fired after a third continuous exit from the NL West title as well as an early exit from the playoffs.
Some other candidates who are rumored to be in line for this job at the Dodgers include Bud Black, Dave Martinez, Bob Geren, Darin Erstad, Gabe Kapler, Tim Wallach and Ron Roenicke.