Padres interview Baker as final candidate for manager

Updated: November 6, 2006, 11:10 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Dusty Baker interviewed for the San Diego Padres' managerial opening on Monday, the last of six candidates to meet with team executives.

General manager Kevin Towers said he planned to sit down with CEO Sandy Alderson on Tuesday to begin the process of getting down to two finalists.

The others who interviewed to become Bruce Bochy's replacement were St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo; Angels pitching coach Bud Black; Trey Hillman, manager of the Japanese team Nippon Ham Fighters; San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus; and former Dodgers hitting coach Tim Wallach.

After returning to Japan, Hillman met with Moores and Alderson, who were accompanying a team of major league stars.

Baker formerly managed the Chicago Cubs and Giants. His contract was not renewed last month after four years managing the Cubs.

Bochy, who was entering the final year of his contract with San Diego, accepted a three-year deal from the Giants late last month. He managed the Padres to consecutive NL West titles for the first time in team history.

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