Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts' task is clear: World Series or bust
Posted on 23 November 2015
Dave Roberts spent the last four seasons of his 10-year career playing for
After early indications that they intended to promote
Roberts will be new to managing but not to the NL West. He played 2 ½ years with the Dodgers (2002-’04) and two with the Padres (2005-’06) before he and Bochy made the move north to San Francisco. As a bench player with the Giants for most of 2008, Roberts had plenty of chances to pick the brain of Bochy, a likely future
Roberts’ NL West immersion continued after his playing days, joining the Padres in 2010 and working his way up to bench coach for another highly regarded manager in
There are many other reasons to like the Dodgers’ choice, and they go well beyond the fact Roberts is helping diversify a mostly white club. The son of an African American father and a Japanese mother, Roberts will become the third current minority manager in the majors, joining the
At 43, Roberts is just seven years removed from his days as player, when he was known as a scrapper who got the most out of his ability. Roberts spent the better part of eight seasons in the minors and didn’t establish himself in the big leagues until 2002, the year he turned 30.
He still managed to carve out a solid career built on his ability to get on base and his speed. His 226 stolen bases from 2002-2007 represented the fourth-highest total in the majors in that span.
That background should serve him well in gaining credibility with a mostly veteran team that has won the last three division crowns but has repeatedly fallen short in the playoffs, unable to end a
Now it will be up to Roberts to make it rain titles, and fast. The Dodgers aren’t spending all that loot – a record payroll of $310 million at the end of last season – to keep going home after a round or two of the playoffs.
For all of Mattingly’s perceived strategic shortcomings, he guided the Dodgers to the three division titles, winning records in every one of his five seasons at the helm and the sixth-most victories of any manager in Dodgers history.
That wasn’t enough to keep him around.
Nobody knows what kind of strategist Roberts will be, but he will be facing a series of challenges while under constant scrutiny in the nation’s second-largest media market.
High on that list will be the task of extracting maximum production out of one
Looks like they won’t be ping-pong partners in spring training.
And while Roberts will be able to count on Kershaw to head his pitching staff, the rest of the rotation at this time consists of
The charismatic Roberts, who is said to have made quite an impression on his new employers during interviews, deserves kudos for landing one of the game’s plum jobs without any managerial experience to speak of.
What comes next figures to be much harder.
Article by: Jorge Ortiz, USA Today