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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