Usually, when teams don’t meet expectations, a change often follows whether that be in the front office, the coaching staff, or the roster. More often than not it’s typically the manager who gets the boot as has been seen around the league this year.
The Dodgers’ case is no different as many fans have already called for the removal of manager Dave Roberts despite racking up a 542-329 record as the skipper with a World Series title and multiple NL Pennants. According to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, he doesn’t see the Dodgers moving on from Roberts as manager next season.
“I don’t think the Dodgers will move on from Dave Roberts as manager. If that were the case, they likely would have made that move already. It will be interesting to see if they enter 2022 without an extension and with Roberts as a lame-duck manager.”
There’s some truth in that as one would think the organization would’ve fired Roberts right after the team’s early exit from the postseason. It’s easy to play the blame game and use Roberts as the scapegoat, especially after a 106 win team was eliminated by a Braves team who squeezed into the playoffs with a 88-73 record.
However, so many things went wrong for the Dodgers season and they just simply ran out of gas to get the job done. What more could Roberts have done? Of course, he made some questionable calls this postseason, yet again, but he also managed some games pretty well too. As long as Roberts continues to squeeze the best out of his players, and embraces the analytics side of baseball, it’s very unlikely the Dodgers move on from him anytime soon.
He’s still got one more year left on his contract, so it will be interesting to see whether they offer him a contract extension or not. Roberts has already mentioned that he’s hopeful a deal can be done before next season.