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Dodgers News: Jason Heyward Opens Up About Dave Roberts As a Manager

Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward has seen the highs and lows of Major League Baseball. He was a superstar when he was young, looking legitimately like a future Hall of Famer over his first five or six seasons and then winning a World Series title in his first year with the Cubs to snap a 108-year drought. But then he saw his production fall off a cliff, and he went from having one of the biggest contracts in baseball to being cut from the team with more than a year left on that deal.

Now Heyward is with the Dodgers, reunited with his longtime friend Freddie Freeman and working in an organization that has a knack for helping players find (or re-find) their hitting stroke. He’s also paired up with Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts, and Heyward seems to really be enjoying that connection, as he told Claudio Gestro of the LA PostExaminer from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

“Dave is awesome. He is a baseball rat, in my opinion. He loves the game, loves to talk the game. Loves to learn the game. You can see he craves that but he loves being around that energy of a ball club, of a staff that, of course, is geared towards winning and trying to get better every day. But just not taking those opportunities for granted, which is special to me of course, having a new opportunity with this franchise. But, just his energy that he brings every day. He really wants the best for everyone.”

While some fans rant about Roberts as a manager, players continue to flock to him and crave the opportunity to play for him. Doc’s clubhouse skills are unparalleled in the big leagues, and he sometimes doesn’t get enough credit for the value that brings to a team.

Heyward recognizes that, and it’s good to see him back in a happy situation where he can try to find the thunder his bat has lost.

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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. Will see how you think of him when he makes more of his dumb moves. Terrible manager. I’m sure this won’t get printed, as I have spoke poorly of the “DOC”. But the truth hurts sometimes!

    1. His moves get Dumber and DUMBER. He is the reason that some of the players left the team!!

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