Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts talked to Pedro Moura of The Athletic over the All-Star Break. You can read Moura’s piece with the link below:
Dave Roberts has the 4th-best winning percentage of any manager ever, and first place is within reach. I wrote about that, him, and another record of his. https://t.co/H76DyapeLX
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 10, 2019
This piece is eye-opening to just how good Dave Roberts has been. For as much as we talk poorly about him, Roberts has in fact, taken the Dodgers to two straight World Series appearances. An argument can be made that Roberts was simply gifted with elite talent, but it takes some semblance of competence on Robert’s part to be able to take a team that far.
A key point that Moura brought to the table is that Dave Roberts has the fourth-highest managerial winning percentage in the history of baseball at .598. That’s just crazy to think about. It is largely a testament to the player performance and the front office, but Roberts still is the man who puts the pieces together.
Roberts had this to say regarding that stat:
It’s just a credit to the entire organization. Whether it’s a starting pitcher or a manager who gets a win for their record, those X amount of wins that I have, it’s an organizational win. That’s the only way I look at it.
Roberts is right. Every component to an MLB organization should take partial ownership for team success. Roberts is just as much a part of the success as the players on the field.
A lot of the team’s success finds its foundation in the fact that Roberts is a ‘player’s manager’. The guys genuinely like him from as far as we can tell. Roberts outlined that important aspect of managing the clubhouse:
Most players don’t like to be criticized. It’s all about the delivery. There’s gotta be trust. When there’s trust, then it’s an easier conversation to have, and it lands.
As much as you may dislike the managerial tactics of Dave Roberts, the player’s do love him and there is evidence found inside the piece from quotes of Ross Stripling and David Freese, two of the most intelligent players in professional baseball.