Fans may have thought that negotiations between the Dodgers front office and manager Dave Roberts have been temporarily shelved, but today the team announced that it has agreed to a four-year contracts with their manager.
“Keeping Doc as our leader on the field was a top priority this off-season and now that we’ve accomplished that we are excited to collectively shift all of our focus to doing all we can to bring a World Championship to our passionate fans,” stated Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations.
The 46-year-old Roberts began his major league managing career with the Dodgers in 2016 and in that time has lead the team to three straight division titles and back-to-back World Series appearances in 2017-18. He is the first Dodgers manager to lead his team to the postseason in each of his first three years at the helm.
“When I was hired to lead the team three years ago, I said at the time that managing the Dodgers is truly the opportunity of a lifetime and I feel the exact same way today”, Roberts said. “We’ve worked hard to develop a team and culture that will put us in a position to win the World Series every season, but we still have yet to reach our ultimate goal and that’s what drives me each day.”
The Dodgers front office had had discussions with Roberts about a new contract, but picked up his option for the 2019 season while talks continued. Roberts will now be with the club as manager through the 2022 season. Details of the contract have not yet been released.
There are quite a few fans who place a lot of the blame of the past few failed World Series runs directly at the feet of Roberts. While many of his in game decisions are definitely open for debate, there are not many people who could handle the particular stressors of being manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The front office is involved in a lot of the lineup and pitching decisions, as well as with analytics and decisions of platooning and the like. Roberts is left to calm the seas left by the wake of the front office, and juggle egos and any other issues that may arise. He does it all with grace and an innate happiness and love of the game that radiates from him.
“When I got up, the only person I see (sic) in the room was Dave Roberts. Like, I hear his voice, and I think, that’s my favorite man next to me…… Doc just drove all the way from San Diego to be with me when I have my surgery. That was pretty awesome.”
(Lauren Douglas provided some information furnished in this report)