The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday named former Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little as manager of the Dodgers.

The announcement was made by new General Manager Ned Colletti in Dallas. Little, 55, becomes the seventh manager in Dodgers history and the fifth in the last eight years.

"He has the skills and experience to lead this team," said Colletti. "We're confident we selected the right man."

Little was chosen by Colletti over four others: former Tampa Bay bench coach John McLaren, Atlanta Braves special assistant to the general manager Jim Fregosi, Cleveland Indians bench coach Joel Skinner and New York Mets third-base coach Manny Acta.

Little was fired by the Red Sox in 2003 after falling to advance the team past the Yankees to get to the World Series. A year earlier, he had amassed the most wins for a rookie manager in 22 years. While he has a lot of minor league managing experience, Little only managed in the major leagues for two seasons.

He was in Dallas today to meet with Dodger owner Frank McCourt, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Little most recently had been a scouting consultant and catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs, which he joined in 2004.

The Dodgers former manager Jim Tracy was fired by then-general manager Paul DePodesta just hours after the end of the regular season.

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