Dodgers to interview Gillick for GM opening

Updated: October 30, 2005, 6:27 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten permission to interview Seattle Mariners adviser Pat Gillick to replace fired general manager Paul DePodesta, the team announced Sunday.

No interview date has been set for Gillick, who led Toronto to consecutive World Series titles in the 1990s and was a general manager with Baltimore and the Mariners.

"I'm just confirming that we have gotten permission," team spokesman Josh Rawitch said. "He's expected to be interviewed sometime in the near future."

Owner Frank McCourt also interviewed Gillick for the position in February 2004, but instead chose DePodesta, who he fired Saturday.

Gillick has also interviewed to replaced Ed Wade, who was fired Oct. 10 as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gillick won five AL East titles and consecutive championships (1992-93) in Toronto, led the Orioles to the ALCS in 1996 and 1997, and took the Mariners to the ALCS in 2000 and 2001. Seattle tied a major league record with 116 wins in 2001 and the Mariners' 393 victories during Gillick's four seasons were the most in baseball.

McCourt has set no timetable for hiring a GM, but did say the search for a manager to replace Jim Tracy will be on hold until a GM is in place.

The Dodgers' 71-91 record this year was the Dodgers' worst since 1992 and second-poorest since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

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