Since the end of last night’s game (and some can say even way before that), Dave Roberts seemed to be public enemy number 1.
Fans were ready to kick to six-year Dodgers manager to the side of the road and placed some (if not all) of the blame solely on him and his management decisions for the team’s fall in Game 4.
But, a source reported to the LA Times’ Jack Harris that despite the fans’ disgruntled emotions, Dave Roberts would be in fact returning for the 2023 season.
The article stated:
“Dave Roberts is expected to return in 2023 for his eighth season as Dodgers manager, and first under the new three-year contract extension he signed before this past season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.”
Roberts has been the Dodgers’ manager since 2016 and he has taken the team to the postseason every single year since. But, as many have complained about, he’s only produced one World Series-winning team back in 2020. And just like every other year, this year was no different.
Although some are still confused about his decisions for the pitching staff in Game 4, he wasn’t the sole reason for the team’s fall in the NLDS. The lack of hits, especially with multiple scoring opportunities, was one of the team’s greatest downfalls.
This 2022 team might have been one of the best Dodgers squads there was and ever will be but when it came crunch time, the 111-game-winning team folded. Maybe Roberts is to blame for a little bit of that but ultimately the fact still stands that he will be here for 2023 and the 2024 season. Let’s just hope we can actually finish the season with a ring one of those years.
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