The speculation has been put to rest as Andrew Friedman confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Dave Roberts will return for the 2023 season. Fans were calling for Roberts’ head as he was unable to fulfill his guarantee after a disappointing NLDS exit.
It was evident the Dodgers faced many struggles heading into the postseason from their lack of pitching depth to not being able to score with runners in scoring position, but it still doesn’t take away from all the great things the Dodgers accomplished during the regular season. All this adds more to the narrative that the team should not have lost so early.
Asked if Dave Roberts will be back as the #Dodgers' manager next year, Andrew Friedman says "100 percent."
— Sarah Wexler (@SarahWexler32) October 18, 2022
Even with the criticism, Friedman — who spoke with media alongside general manager Brandon Gomes at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon — backed up his man and believes the criticism towards Roberts has been unfair and the blame should be pointed on everyone in the organization.
“I personally don’t think the criticism that Dave has received has been fair. I think it’s human nature to want to point the finger at someone. I feel like this was an organizational failure in the postseason. I feel like our regular season goal, we accomplished. We put ourselves in the very best position you can to go out and win 11 games in October. We didn’t come close to doing that. I think there are fairly clear answers as to why and other aren’t as clear. But I think the passion is awesome, and I love it. But I feel like all of us are incredibly disappointed.”
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 18, 2022
Even with the negativity and backlash, Friedman having Roberts’s back should spark some confidence in the manager. The season clearly didn’t end how they would have liked but Friedman saw enough from the regular season to keep Roberts around.
It remains to be seen what moves they will make moving forward, but some work needs to be done to avoid a repeat performance.
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