T-minus 12 days until the 2021 All-Star Game, the first mid-summer classic since 2019. Once again, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will be the manager for the National League squad, same as he was for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Of course, the 2020 exhibition was cancelled due to the pandemic. With that, 2019 World Series champion manager Davey Martinez was unable to lead an All-Star squad, something recently touched on by The Athletic. That publication ran the headline “Davey Martinez and the Nationals would have loved to take part in the All-Star Game. No one asked.”
Dave Roberts felt that sentiment missed the mark.
Ahead of Thursday’s win over the Nationals, Roberts was asked about the Martinez situation.
I did get wind of that article that was written by The Athletic. As I read it, it was something that he felt that he would have liked to have enjoyed with his staff, which I completely understand. It certainly wasn’t a slight to Davey as a baseball manager and person, who I have the utmost respect for.
Continuing, Doc offered up his own interpretation of what the Washington manager meant.
I think the whole point for Davey was he wanted to share that moment with his staff. But to be quite honest last year was a crazy year and a very difficult year for everyone, and there are concessions and losses and things that were missed out on from everyone and far more greater than an All-Star game. I know Davey understands that.
Roberts has said that, aside from his current LA coaching staff, Rockies’ manager Bud Black would be a part of the staff. Additionally, one mystery coach will be on the NL coaching staff, a “former baseball legend” the Dodger skipper said would be revealed soon.
This year’s All-Star Game will be hosted at Coors Field in Colorado on July 13th.