By Ashley Scoby
According to ESPN, former Tiger Kirk Gibson is set to interview for the Dodgers’ open managerial position.READ MORE: 2 Arrested After Couple Killed In Car With Baby Inside
Don Mattingly and the Dodgers divorced last month, and according to the story, the club will interview around 10 people for the position.
Gibson is from Pontiac, went to Waterford High School and Michigan State, and was a member of the Tigers from 1979-87 and again from 1993-95. In his 12 seasons in Detroit, Gibson batted .273, hit 195 home runs and played in 1,177 games. He was on the 1984 World Series team.
He also won a World Series with the Dodgers in 1988, where he hit a walk-off home run in Game 1. He was named the NL MVP that season.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?
After his retirement as a player, Gibson was a TV analyst in Detroit, a bench coach with the Tigers and then managed the Diamondbacks from 2010-14. He won 94 wins in 2011 and was named the best manager in the NL that year.
Although Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease earlier this year, he had still been broadcasting Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit this past season. He missed time in the booth after the initial diagnosis of Parkinson’s, for which there is currently no cure.
“While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs,” he said in a statement after his diagnosis. “With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life.”
According to ESPN, Padres bench coach Dave Roberts has already interviewed for the Dodgers’ position, and University of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad will be interviewed, in addition to Gabe Kapler, Ron Roenicke and Tim Wallach from within the organization.MORE NEWS: More Water Woes For Benton Harbor After Pipe Rupture
In addition, Bud Black (who was close to becoming the Nationals’ manager), Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and Mets bench coach Bob Geren will all reportedly be candidates.