The Dodgers’ early exit from the 2019 postseason was unexpected, but it warranted imminent change to the roster. With the offseason looming, the Dodgers seem poised to make huge changes to their core and could be in the market to ship off star players in the coming months. However, they will exercise caution during the Winter Meetings and beyond.
In a recent interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discussed the tough loss to the Washington Nationals in the NLDS and why the front office shouldn’t display an emotional response in its imminent roster shake-up.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) October 17, 2019
Dave Roberts Remains Dodgers Manager
Dave Roberts was arguably the primary reason the Dodgers lost Game 5. His questionable decision-making with the usage of Clayton Kershaw and Joe Kelly, as well as the lack of usage of left-hander Adam Kolarek, allow fans to place a large amount of blame on him. With fans calling for his job, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters he was staying put:
“He didn’t call me. I got wind of that presser and how he was taken aback by the questions. I appreciate that and I was a little surprised. I think for me, I am very fortunate and appreciative to Andrew [Friedman] and to Stan Kasten. We are not too emotional and I think that we would be doing ourselves and the organization a disservice to be so emotional. We believe in the people we have and we are going to continue to get better. It is certainly helpful that we don’t have a president who is over-reactionary to certain things that are out there…that noise.”
Roberts should definitely remain as the Dodgers’ manager considering the team’s regular season success and consistent postseason trips under his managerial decision-making. While it is questionable at times, his track record speaks for itself.