According to Ken Rosenthal, a former major league outfielder has been added to the Dodgers' list of managerial candidates.
Erstad has been the head coach at Nebraska since 2012, and in those four seasons, he's led the team to a record of 139-97 (.588). While he's never coached at the major league, or minor league level, he was often lauded for the leadership skills he exhibited as a player, which Eric Stephen of True Blue LA compiled into one article.
"Darin is going to be an incredible mentor, teacher and leader. His understanding and passion for the game will resonate with his players at the University of Nebraska. Darin will instill competitiveness in the program like no one else."
While he was never a household name, Erstad put together a great 14-year career, in which he made two All-Star teams, captured three Gold Gloves, and took home one Silver Slugger. He hit .282/.336/.407, and was an integral member of the 2002 championship Angels team.
Sean Callahan, who covers the Huskers, reached out to Nebraska's head coach, but it seems that this news has caught Erstad himself off-guard.
#Huskers baseball coach Darin Erstad told me "he's still processing all of this" and has "no comment" at this time about the Dodgers job.— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) October 30, 2015
At the very least, Erstad joins Gabe Kapler in the interview process, as he was deemed the front runner once Don Mattingly left the Dodgers. It's unclear how far along Los Angeles is in their search for a new manager, but Andrew Friedman has said that they will have one in place before the Winter Meetings.