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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts on Managing Struggling Star Players

The Dodgers won 111 games in the 2022 regular season, their best record in franchise history and the best record by a National League team in over a century. For that, 17 of 30 voters for Manager of the Year thought Dave Roberts was one of the three best managers in the league. The other 13? Who knows.

Roberts joined the crew on MLB Network to talk about his season managing Los Angeles to their best record. During the conversation, Roberts uncharacteristically tooted his own horn a little bit.

“I don’t like to talk about myself but I do think this is probably the best work I’ve done as far as managing players. I think Max Muncy and I became very close this year because of his struggle and knowing that the manager is going to be with him when he’s struggling. And Cody Bellinger the same thing and Justin [Turner] a few years back, he struggled and I stuck with him and he proved to make me look very good, and the same thing happened again this year where he was the best hitter on the planet for the last three months.

So, players are going to struggle. But I really, definitely try to focus on the guys that sort of need your help, and know that you’re sticking with them and sticking by their side because ultimately, what makes a good manager? Good players. And you got to have your good players play well and have confidence.”

Good management can’t really be quantified, one of the reasons this particular award is so dumb. Roberts has the best winning percentage in managerial history and has won one MoY award, and it came in the Dodgers’ worst season under his care. Roberts mentioned the struggling offensive players, but he didn’t even bring up that his Opening Day starting pitcher pitched just 12 games and his best reliever from last year only threw five innings. The 2022 Dodgers faced a ton of adversity and had ridiculous success. Sounds like good management to me.

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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. The MOY Award is MLB’s version of the Miss America’s Miss Congeniality Award. How do they give a MOY to a manager who’s team collapsed in September? They lost their division!

  2. Don’t forget, this award is only about regular season performance. (they vote before the playoffs start). That being said, maybe Oliver Marmol deserved the award. He led his team to a division championship, with the 15th highest team salary in the majors. Meanwhile the managers that finished 1 and 2 in the voting had the two highest team salaries in the league. When you have the best players money can buy, how difficult is managing?

  3. Has Roberts ever helped Any Player? Most of them when they get to LA decline as FA’s. The exception was Freddie and Trea. And that’s about it. What does roberts actually do?

  4. Sounds like a self promoter….pretty lame. Looks to be very defensive about outside criticism. All managers support their players when it’s going good or bad. However, good managers are noticed by the respect and praise in public by their players. You can see it in how much the player wants to play for that manager. Roberts…..hmmm?

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