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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Confirms Front Office Does Not Make Lineup, Mostly.

Dave Roberts confirms that management does not always make the lineup.



One of the better parts of this forced offseason has been the introduction of Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser to the podcast world. The Dodgers’ play-by-play duo teamed up to entertain fans during their free time, and their new show has turned out great. 

In the most recent episode, Davis and the Bulldog sat down with Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts. There was plenty to be said during the interview, but this little tidbit was by far the most interesting piece. 

They do not. They don’t make the lineup. It’s funny, well it became funny early, but four years removed from my first year and we still have that come up which is crazy. But its information as far as ‘hey this guy played six in a row and there’s been tendencies where he gets fatigued and his body doesn’t act right’…I can’t possibly know all of this information that this is something that’s suggested to me, and ultimately I have to make a decision. 

Questions around Roberts’ lineup construction have been pouring in from critics from the moment he was named manager. The Dodgers are one of the more analytical teams, and with the front office in place, it would make sense if Roberts were just the frontman of a broad management team.

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But Dave clarified for everyone that he has the ultimate say in the construction of the lineup as long as he has the job. He did note that he takes the information provided by the front office, including the analytics team, to make his decisions. So maybe that’s comforting to you, or maybe that’s more concerning depending on how you feel about Roberts as a manager. But at least we know who to blame when things go wrong now! Or who to thank when things go right. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. As if he would tell us if the FO had some say. Ok Roberts, you want to be the fall guy you can be the fall guy. You’ll now be known as an incompetent idiot if that’s what you really want. Should’ve just come clean

  2. It’s been known for many many years that upper management had their hands on the lineup, maybe not a lot but at times. And by the slip of the tongue of a top brass some time ago he admitted they would suggest who to play now and then, and it was mainly due to a high salary issue. I believe Roberts is a very good manager and top brass should let him show how good he is. Roberts started very well his first 2 years but things change, personnel team and top office alike. Roberts has made some wrong moves but knowing the game and seeing so many Dodger games managers it shows when something/someone gets in the way. Personalities get in the way too. players have feelings. Some at one point or another do stupid things that mess up the game. False injuries, injured and not saying you are because you want to get that one more hit, one more homer, one more extra-base just to try and get the bonus pay or hot-dogging it to look better.

    • I think Roberts would be a much better manager on his own, I believe in his knowledge of the game. The FO is responsible for many of the head scratching decisions we’ve suffered through

  3. Hear that MAGIC JOHNSON!GET RID OF FRIEDMAN!Let this man make all decisions by himselfcause your dumb analytics haven’t produced a title.The Giants made analytical people look like idiots as they won 3 titles within 6 years and they did it with way much less talent than Dodgers in last 8 years.

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