Nebraska Baseball Practice, 02/11/2015

Nebraska head baseball coach Darin Erstad watches his players practice on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Hawks Championship Center.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' search for a new baseball manager will continue without Darin Erstad as a candidate.

"I am a Husker," the Nebraska baseball coach said in a text message to the Journal Star late Friday night.

The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reported earlier that Erstad had withdrawn his name from the search.

Erstad was believed to be among a narrowed list of candidates for the job, which came open after the Dodgers and Don Mattingly parted ways.

The Dodgers had interviewed nine candidates, and plan to bring four back for another round of interviews. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, Erstad was among those on the short list that included Bud Black, Gabe Kabler, Kirk Gibson and Dave Roberts.

Among the narrowed list of candidates, only Gibson and Black have experience managing at the major-league level. Both are former National League managers of the year.

Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations, and Josh Byrnes, senior vice president of baseball operations for the team, have a history of hiring managers with no major league-managing experience.

Friedman hired Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay, and Byrnes hired A.J. Hinch in Arizona in 2009. Hinch was fired by the Diamondbacks, but he just led the Astros to the playoffs in his first season with Houston.

According to Bowden, Erstad, who interviewed with the Dodgers on Nov. 5, had a really strong interview.

And Mark Saxon of ESPN.com added: "Darin Erstad stands out among the finalists, but Andrew Friedman heard great things over the years, not only from Joe Maddon."

Erstad, who spent most of his major-league playing days with the Angels, is preparing for his fifth season with the Huskers.


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