There’s a reason Dave Roberts was able to coach the Dodgers to 111 wins and to three World Series appearances (one championship) during this seven-year tenure. Roberts was not able to win the Manager of the Year Award, but his accomplishments this season can’t be understated.
Roberts points towards the philosophies he has changed over the years that have led to the success he has had so far. The ultimate goal is to win championships and Doc continues to bring the team as close as possible to the goals.
The relationship he chooses to develop with his players goes a long way (quotes via MLB Network).
“Number one. Well, one part of it is I’ve gotten to know my players more, they’ve gotten to know me. But I think something that really stands out for me, Greg, is I am using — and not to say that I didn’t use my gut or my eyes, and there’s a lot of talk of data and analytics, and for me I wouldn’t be the manager that I am if I didn’t value it”
It’s always the right move to try and connect with your team in some way to help them follow your lead and it seems he won’t look to change that philosophy anytime soon.
“But I think with anything, the more time you have, the more experience, the more you have relationships with people that you work with, you can kind of, not necessarily go rogue, but you can kind of expand a little bit more on decisions in game. And it’s been great. For me, I feel like I’m blessed to be a part of this organization. Andrew [Friedman], like I said, we have a great relationship. So, I’ve grown like that.”
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 16, 2022
It’s clear the vision for Andrew Friedman is to keep Roberts with the Dodgers for many more seasons to come. The Dodgers will continue to make moves among their roster and hopefully, the communication and transparency with the players will help propel Roberts to his second World Series title.
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