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Padres interview Baker as final candidate for manager

11/6/2006 - MLB San Diego Padres

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.