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Dodgers: LA Columnist Believes Roberts Needs More Help in The Dugout

It has been nearly eight days since we all witnessed the biggest collapse in baseball history and definitely the biggest one in Dodgers’ history.

Sitting back and thinking about it makes me wonder how in the heck did this happen? And my response to that is maybe the Padres just wanted it more, perhaps the Padres executed more, and maybe Bob Melvin outcoached Dave Roberts.

All of these could be true, and I know most of you guys will blame Roberts. That makes sense since President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said Dave makes all of the decisions (even though we might not believe him).

But if that’s the case, why does he make the same mistakes repeatedly? Aren’t you suppose to learn from them and not repeat them? The great Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The Dodgers and Dave Roberts might be insane.

In all seriousness, maybe Roberts tightens up in big situations and needs some help managing some big decisions.

LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke went on the Petros and Money show and said he believes the Dodgers need to get someone for Roberts to turn to in the dugout.

“I think you need to get him some dugout help. You need to get him a different bench coach, a different analytics coach, a different game plan manager, somebody to help him when the game speeds up. I think Roberts does a great job other than that. You don’t fire a guy with an 111 win season. You just don’t do that. But you get him some help to make up for his weak spots which we’ve clearly seen”

It’s clear that Roberts becomes incapable of managing when it comes down to making critical decisions.

Friedman and the Dodgers would not do something like that to diminish Roberts role in any way. The Dodgers love Roberts, and I believe they trust him 100% because he’s a great guy and listens to the front office.

Now, if they’re comfortable with millions of wins in the regular season and only one World Series win when you constantly have the best team in the league, then so be it.

The Dodgers’ issues may be way more severe than their manager.

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. LOL Yeah Roberts listens to the front office thats for sure. Way too much. Then you have the front office and WAY TOO MUCH ANALYTICS. They seem to overthink everything. What a mess.

  2. It was relieving to hear Real Baseball savy people talk in the Padres Phillies series. Where the Phillies through analytics out the window and played baseball by instinct and desire. Not by what a graph showed. Roberts and the Dodgers need to learn to play situational baseball. That means be able to change when the game does. Pretty simple……..

  3. Time and time it has shown Roberts can’t handle the pressure in the playoffs. Analytics needed to be thrown out the window and Anderson needed to stay in. Nothing will change until there is a shake up. Fans care more about the post season than the regular season. I was very upset what happened. I said not another managerial mistake. Same as what happened in past post seasons.

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