Dodgers Team News

Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Confirms He Makes All In-Game Decisions

So many potential headlines for this article.

Scientist confirms the sky is blue.

Kim Kardashian confirms she likes attention.

Randy Newman confirms he loves LA.

During Andrew Friedman’s press conference on Tuesday, he was asked if Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is allowed to make his own decisions. Friedman gave the question as much dignity as it deserved, snippily answering, “One hundred percent, and we’ve answered this a lot of times.”

Just in case Friedman’s word and common sense weren’t enough for you, intrepid reporter Bill Plaschke is on the case for the Los Angeles Times, asking Roberts to confirm Friedman’s statement.

“Everything that we do, there’s information, and I welcome all of it. … There’s so many scenarios I need to be prepared for,” he said. “But, ultimately, do I make the decisions? Absolutely.”

I mean, come on. Regardless of what Rich Eisen says, of course the manager makes in-game decisions. And let’s look at who we’re talking about, specifically.

Andrew Friedman spent nine years as the Rays’ general manager with Joe Maddon managing. Maddon is currently out of a job because he couldn’t handle the general manager telling him to take his injured star player out of the game in a blowout; do we really think that guy coexisted for nine years with a GM who wanted to make every in-game decision?

There are things we shouldn’t have to be told, and “the manager manages” is one of them. It’s not like Plaschke was missing out on any important reporting by confirming this, but if more valuable journalists start wasting their time on this crap, I’m gonna have words with someone.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube Channel yet? Subscribe and hit that notification bell to stay up to date on all the latest Dodgers news, rumors, interviews, live streams, and more!

Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Can we start a campaign for the LATimes to reassign Plaschke to cover the Giants? That way his hatred for and venom against the Dodgers can be better understood, though, of course , never accepted. He is like having an overt dissident activist in your camp trying to foment trouble

  2. Rogers makes ALL in game decisions is the reason the Dodgers with all that talent can’t win it all! Rogers must go, anybody could manage a team with that much talent better! Rogers is a post season cancer!

    1. Just so disappointed. We came to far to get eliminated again..something isn’t right Mr Robert’s!!!

  3. Ownership don’t care about fans feelings even though they should cause they ain’t nothing without the fans they should sell the team to somebody that cares about winning championships not just division titles .Friedman and Co need to be fired bring back Colletti anyway owners willing to spend.

  4. Glad to hear that Dave’s calling all the shots. There for a moment I thought we were in real trouble! Say, anybody know when our next playoff game loss is scheduled?

  5. And the fact that he makes his own decisions confirms he should fired immediately. They can win 162 next year, and we are still gonna be on pins and needles knowing how poorly he manages a playoff pitching staff. He now has a track record…it’s not just a trend. Dave must go.

  6. And, Roberts made the decision to pull Anderson after six innings with only two hits on him, only to have it all fall apart in the 7th. And, it wasn’t just this game. Too many to cover here. That is why Roberts must go! He cannot make the right decision in the heat of the game. Ever.

  7. Organizations in professional sports that can take their division yr. after yr. and lose it constantly in the playoffs, more than likely the owners fire the manager/coach or GM or both. Roberts says he absolutely makes all in-game moves shows he is incompetent in the postseason to make the right decisions when the chips are on the line. There’s definitely a track record of brain fog to in-game managing. There seems to be a disconnect between some of the players and him. It doesn’t seem he has the respect and confidence of his managing style to motivate the players to perform 100%. Players stay to themselves and there’s a false sense of togetherness.

  8. At least he is willing to admit he is the one responsible for all the screw ups !!! And Friedman is still willing to back him up!!!
    Looks like we’re in for more of the same….

    1. Agreed!! Now that we know Roberts is the decision maker why is management allowing Roberts to fail year after year, are they truly committed to winning? This guys (MANAGEMENT)are very successful business people and have invested millions to give us a GREAT product (Dodger team) why do they allow Roberts to fail the city and it’s fan base? Have they forgotten that their WEALTH is build with our hard earn money we pay for parking we buy the tickets, we pay for the food in the stadium we buy the merchandise.

  9. For the kind of money that Roberts makes, I would gladly accept responsibility for everything that goes wrong in the entire Dodger organization !!!!!!!!! BLAME ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (you can follow me to the bank)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button