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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Finishes as Runner-Up for Manager of the Year

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has finished as the runner-up for the 2022 National League Manager of the Year Award.

Roberts led the Dodgers to a franchise-record 111 wins in 2022, in one of the most dominant regular seasons in MLB history. The Dodgers finished in a tie with the 1936 Yankees for the fourth-best run differential all-time since the beginning of the 20th century at +334 and finished with the second-best record in NL history (only trailing the 1906 Cubs who won 116 games).

Buck Showalter of the Mets took home the award in his first season in New York. The Mets won 101 games a year after finishing 77-85. Showalter’s Mets lost a close division race to the Braves, but still were one of the most dominant teams in the regular season.

For Roberts, he still has just one Manager of the Year Award, despite being the winningest manager since he took over the Dodgers in 2016. In his first seven seasons in LA, the Dodgers lead the league with 653 wins and just 380 losses. He’s the first NL manager in history to lead his team to the postseason in each of his first seven seasons, and has won the NL west six times — the lone second-place finish coming in 2021 when the team won 106 games.

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Noah Camras

Noah is the Lead Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


    1. Agree 100% if for no other reason than he got his team to the World Series. Showalter and Roberts BOTH FAILED!!!!

  1. The Mets and the Dodgers, the two largest payrolls in the league. Both teams had great records due to their managers or due to their payroll?

  2. The best management move made this year was eliminating Giraradi, shook things up, and the team responded immediately. A lot of times it doesn’t make sense but it works to can the field boss. People talk about clutch players and dawgs, but what sparked Phillie was getting rid of a stale old guy in charge. Dave is old and stale you just need a the right guy lurking in the background. Dave is a den mother patting 200 hitters on the backside after swing and missing 3 balls out of the strike zone with the bases loaded.

  3. Sorry but no. Playoffs don’t count and they just made the playoffs to begin with. That said it was a great playoff run.

    1. With that payroll and personnel, Mark Halburn could have won over 111 games if he was manager!

      1. Showalter, Roberts, Mark Halburn all have one thing in common. They did not win a World Series this year.!

  4. Nobody thought Philly would go that far in the playoffs. Don’t forget, Philly had the worst record of any team in the league, that made the playoffs. That being said the award is voted on before the playoffs start, so the award only takes the regular season in to account.

  5. If you don’t win it all with the best roster in all of baseball, you don’t get MOTR award. The other two nominees did more with less. Any coach could have the “winning percentage” that Roberts has with the Dodgers roster the past 10 years. The reason for not advancing and rarely succeeding in the playoffs is all on Roberts…

  6. Just because the Dodgers have a high payroll doesn’t mean managing is a “no brainer”. After the top four in the lineup it was filled with many under performers. How many guys hit .220 and under, some way under! How about having to manage the bullpen with a closer that raised your blood pressure pretty much every game. How many 1-2-3 innings did Kimbrel have? And losing our best arm in Treinan, our Ace in Buehler. At one point in the year we had 12 pitchers on the IL! Yet Dave was able to mix and match and get us to 111 wins. So everyone wants to blame him because in one game his pitching decision didn’t work. Ever think of placing any of the responsibility on the offense who were 2-26 with RISP in our 3 losses. 2-26! Just a couple hits here or there and we would have swept. I think he was Manager of the Year for sure.

    1. TD, The Dodgers scored the most runs in the league by a wide margin. They also had the best ERA in the league by a wide margin. Every team has problems or holes in their lineup and pitching staff. The Dodgers were loaded.

  7. The league votes on these awards, before the playoffs began. These awards, including MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, Manager of the Year etc are for the regular season, not post season.

  8. Roberts should consider himself lucky. If he so-called “managed” other teams esp “evil empire” (yankees), he would have been gone long ago. But of course he doesn’t consider that.

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