Taking over the Dodgers and leading them to such great success through an abundance of obstacles is a difficult task that was handled exceptionally well this season. Los Angeles’ Manager, Dave Roberts, came into a season where everything bad that could have happened… happened.
It should come as no surprise that Roberts, is Manager of the Year in his first season with the team. That’s what Dodger fans think at least.
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— Cholula (@mitchmoralez8) September 8, 2016
It seemed as though the Dodgers spent more time on the disabled list than on the field. Losing one of the best pitchers in MLB, as in Clayton Kershaw, for two months, having to send Yasiel Puig to the minors for attitude problems of all things, and Andre Ethier out with a broken leg are not even half of the major setbacks Roberts had to deal with.
The Dodgers’ manager definitely deserves the credit for Kershaw coming back to throw perfect, scoreless, innings and for humbling Puig who returned with an exceptional batting average, once again.
— Darrel Wilson (@SpitsGame) September 13, 2016
Filling the shoes of former Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly, was thought to be a difficult task considering that Mattingly was the only manager in franchise history to lead the team to post-season three consecutive times. In his first year, Roberts has already proven to be just as good.
Currently, the Dodgers stand with 82 wins and are once again in the lead for the NL West division and placed five games ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
One thing is for certain, Roberts has definitely been faced with many tough decisions this season and even with some of those decisions that brought jaws down, he seems to know exactly what he is doing.
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