The Dodgers have been otherworldly for the past decade, especially since hiring manager Dave Roberts in the late Fall of 2015. Roberts won NL Manager of the Year in 2016, led the Dodgers to the NLCS, and lost to the eventual champs Chicago Cubs, and the expectations have only risen from there.
With Roberts at the helm, Los Angeles has won six division titles in seven years, won 100+ games in four seasons, and has won three NL pennants. However, he “only” has one World Series to show for, and that’s where many people draw the line.
OC Register’s Bill Plunkett asked the seven-year Dodgers Manager about the criticism, and he reflected on 2017 and went off on the team from Texas.
“‘That’s fair,'” the Dodgers’ manager says of the criticism before getting animated. ‘But if we would have won in ’17 (against the Houston Astros), would that have changed? So two in six years. I hate to sound like sour grapes. But we got ’17 stolen from us. They admitted it. That’s fact. Seventeen is the second year I was here. So we win in ’17 and it’s, ‘Everything they’re doing is right. This is the answer key.’”
You could tell that the 2017 World Series still bothers Doc and who could blame him? That was supposed to be our first title in 29 years, but Houston decided to cheat, and worst of all, no significant punishment was handed down to the team. As a fan, it hurts thinking about it to this day.
However, is Roberts right? Would having that 2017 title make us look at him as a manager differently? Maybe it would, but Roberts has had other questionable decisions in the playoffs that have made us scratch our heads.
Roberts wasn’t done with the conversation though and mentioned how many coaches would kill to have even just one title under their belt.
“You name me a manager that wouldn’t take one out of six. And the other one was stolen. Yeah – only one. We won one.”
The man said what he said, and he wasn’t wrong. Doc is a great coach with excellent relationships with his players and management.
We’ll see if Roberts can capture his second title as the Dodgers manager and silence the critics.
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