Major League Baseball announced the winners for the National League Manager of the Year award on Tuesday, and Dodgers Dave Roberts finished in fifth place. He did receive four first-place votes, which is impressive in itself.
Despite winning 100 games with a team that most expected to take a massive dip this season, Roberts wasn’t even a finalist for the award. LA fought through adversity all season long with numerous injuries, and poor performances from their players, but it wasn’t enough.
The entire starting rotation for the Dodgers ended up on the injured list during the season, and he had to manage the revolving door of pitching coming up through the organization.
Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers, Skip Schumaker of the Miami Marlins and Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves were the three finalists in the NL. Schumaker ended up winning the award for taking the Marlins to the postseason, but Roberts should have still been included.
Many have been critical of Roberts as a manager in the past, but he just showed how valuable he really is this past year. It was arguably his best year yet as the manager of the Dodgers, and he helped LA win their 10th NL West title in the last 11 years.
Dodgers fans saw what Roberts did this season, and are thankful to have him as their manager. Hopefully, he can lead the team to another World Series win next season, and maybe pick up some individual awards along the way as well.
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