Dodgers: Dave Roberts Speaks on Trade Deadline Experience

Doc’s no stranger to the trade deadline.

While Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has already survived a few trade deadlines as a the manager, there is still one trade he remembers vividly. His own.

He was in the middle of a fine season with the Dodgers in 2004. While he was losing playing time in an overcrowded outfield (sound familiar?), he still slashed a respectable .253/.340/.365 while adding 33 stolen bases for the boys in blue. On July 31, 2004, he got the unexpected call — he’d been traded to the Boston Red Sox.

The Dodgers were in first place in the NL West and sitting at a respectable 60-43 on the day he was “blindsided,” as he put it, by the trade. Doc spoke about the trade with Bill Plunkett of the OC Register.

It was a surprise. Emotional. Worked out great, but I wasn’t happy to leave Los Angeles.

While the trade obviously worked out for him —

— He still thinks about that day and relates it to his players.

You’re talking about players and lives being uprooted. There’s anxiety because you don’t know. You hear your name circulating — and your role on this team, another potential team.

There are a lot of things you try to drown out, but guys are humans. It seeps into your thought, but when it does happen, some players are excited because they go to a contender. Some players are disappointed. It’s always tough, though. It’s a tough time of year.

Importantly, however, Roberts notes that his team isn’t being distracted by this time of year, “guys are doing a really good job focusing on the job at hand.”

Last night the Dodgers won their MLB-best 70th game and are primed to get better at the deadline. And Dave Roberts is ready for whatever comes his way.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.


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