For a few years now, there have been Dodgers fans that insist Los Angeles is not chasing after a championship hard enough. Hopefully that’s not you, but it’s certainly been said. A question that manager Dave Roberts answered on FOX Sports should dispel that myth.
The question asked was how Dave Roberts and the Dodgers balance player development versus winning during a 60-game season. The answer to that might surprise you a little bit, given the young talent within the organization.
When you’re the Dodgers, you’re not trying to develop. We’re trying to win a championship, we haven’t won one since ’88 and I hear that every day. So, fortunately, guys like Will Smith and Gavin, and even some of the younger players we’ve had…It’s nice that we have a roster that supports the young players to kind of come in and still not have to be the man, and still can contribute.
The truth is that during a 60-game season, there are not as many free at-bats to go around to get guys experience. There isn’t enough time to let a guy work through a drastic slump or to work out of a funk on the mound. Rather, it seems that the Dodgers will ride the hot hand through all 60 games.
This is much different than what can be said of the Dodgers for the last few years, given how much young talent has come up. But this year is also unlike any year we have ever seen. Dave Roberts and his staff have one goal in mind, and that is to bring a World Series back to Los Angeles. They’re more equipped this year than ever before, so let’s get it done.