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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