Dave Roberts turned some heads this weekend with comments he made about his players. Doc pointed to position players in particular, talking about their approach at the plate. He said that Dodgers hitters were maybe focusing too much on their individual approaches rather than a team focus.
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman didn’t seem to mind those comments either. He added that if Dave was being openly critical, there was probably something wrong that needed to be fixed.
But this week, Doc sort of walked back on those comments. It sounds like he did have conversations with individual Dodgers players about the goals, though which players it was isn’t clear at this point.
“I’ve had conversations with certain players as far as making sure we’re on the same page as far as our goal. And that’s to win a baseball game each night. How we go about that shouldn’t waver and the goal shouldn’t waver, so it’s something that I just felt needed to be brought to light. It’s a good reminder for all of us at times during a long Major League season. So I feel like we’re in a good spot.”
Obviously, this weekend was incredibly frustrating for the Dodgers. They went into the Bay Area and couldn’t buy a run against the Giants for whatever reason. So it’s not a surprise that the frustration built up from the weekend would result in some criticism, it just doesn’t usually come from Dave.
But maybe that’s exactly what this team needs right now. The Dodgers will start a 3-game series against the Guardians this weekend. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball on Friday night to face off against Zach Plesac to get things going.
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