The Dodgers have had a long run of success since selling their team. Ever since the Frank McCourt era ended in Los Angeles, the focus has been on winning now and building out a farm system to compete for many years to come. Andrew Friedman and his team have been able to do just that, demonstrated by many years of playoff runs.
But in order for all of that to work, the Dodgers needed the right guy at the helm. That’s been Dave Roberts for the past six seasons. Doc entered Spring Training with just one year remaining on his last deal, leaving many to wonder when the extension was coming. Yes, the team expects a lot, and just getting to the playoffs isn’t enough anymore.
But Doc is absolutely the right guy for this job. He currently carries the best winning percentage of any MLB manager in history at .622 with 542 regular-season victories. No manager has lasted this long with the Dodgers since Tommy Lasorda. He’s been at the head of the team through 5 division titles, 3 NL Pennants, and a World Series win.
But it’s much more than just that.
“You guys know how excited I am, and what it means for me to put this uniform on every day, and really respecting the Dodger tradition, and the people that came before me. So for ownership, the organization, Andrew [Friedman], in particular, to entrust me going forward is everything.”
The Dodgers believe in Doc and what he can do with his team. Perhaps more importantly, he clearly has the respect and trust of the clubhouse. One trip into the locker room at Spring Training will tell you that.
There is a full line of communication, and the relationship with Doc and his players is unlike anything you see around baseball. So while fans may have their opinions about Doc, which they are more than entitled to, this Dodgers team believes in him.
And they rewarded that with a three-year extension. Doc will be managing the Dodgers through the 2025 season.