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Dodgers Dave Roberts on Best Parts of Managing Clayton Kershaw

“I have the best seat in the house to witness it.”

Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been getting some major run time lately. Of course, this is for good reason. Recently, Kershaw became the winningest pitcher in Dodgers’ franchise history.

Now, Dave Roberts is talking about Clayton Kershaw on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXm. From what it sounds like, the Dodgers’ skipper is one of Kershaw’s biggest fans.

First, Roberts spoke about several of Kershaw’s best qualities. Equally important, he says simply mentioning him alongside a legend like Sandy Koufax is the praise in itself.

“It speaks to number one, consistency, longevity, and excellence. When you’re talking about Sandy Koufax in any breath – obviously that’s high praise. Clayton doesn’t like to talk about himself. I know it’s an honor, he and Sandy are very close. We’re excited for Clayton. But he’s just thinking about his next start.”

Then, the manager gushed a little bit when asked what it’s like to manage a pitcher with historical prominence like Kershaw.

“Sometimes to just sit and marvel at him, I’ve got the best seat in the house, and I don’t take that for granted.”

While Roberts might not take managing Kershaw for granted – sometimes we never think about this perspective of Roberts’ eyes. Think about it: the man has both played alongside and managed some phenomenal talents in this game. Across all of them, he feels conviction when he speaks about the Dodgers’ legendary southpaw.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the picture while you’re in the picture, they say. Surely, Dave Roberts is not one of those individuals when it comes to the all-time franchise wins leader.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I always enjoy your articles, Clint. Sandy was obviously the best and most dominating pitcher of a generation. And to have Clayton eclipsing some of his accomplishments is something to behold. Sandy was once asked about his focus. He said he stepped onto the mound with the intention of throwing a no hitter. He was then asked “what if you give up a hit”. Sandy replied: “Then I try to throw a one hitter.” Clayton has a lot of the same mindset. We are truly blessed. And I think Dave Roberts has an understanding that would be hard for us to comprehend.

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