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Dodgers: Giants Announcer Calls Dave Roberts Prototype Manager for GM Zaidi

What does a Farhan Zaidi manager act and look like? You should know the answer.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the San Francisco Giants offered Farhan Zaidi the job to be their general manager. Now, Zaidi looks to put more of his own fingerprints on the organization he now bosses by hiring his own manager to replace legend Bruce Bochy.

Moreover, if you’re wondering what the replacement for Bochy could look like; look no further than Dodgers’ current manager Dave Roberts. Indeed, this is according to Giants’ announcer Mike Krukow; who speculates that Roberts is the ‘prototype’ manager for Zaidi.

First, it seems that someone of high character will be a fit for Zaidi’s club. Equally important, this will be a figure who can control the clubhouse and be a good leader in that sense. Without question, this is a hallmark of Roberts with the Dodgers.

“I think one of the big examples of a manager that is a prototype in the eyes of Farhan is Dave Roberts,” Krukow said on “The TK Show” with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “We all knew Dave Roberts when he was with the Giants and one of the more gregarious souls on this planet, just a really solid, good guy.”

Remember, Zaidi hired Roberts to be the Los Angeles manager in 2015. Since then, Roberts has gone on to win at a .605 clip – and has had the Dodgers in two World Series appearances.

Next, Krukow continued on the qualities that have shown Roberts to be successful; as well as those qualities that Zaidi will look for in his next manager.

“I think that’s one of the things Farhan believes in, is the culture of the clubhouse. And I think the job Dave Roberts has done down in Los Angeles is phenomenal. He wants to have a guy that has a pulse on everybody’s life, all 25. I think Farhan feels that’s the key to chemistry and that’s the key to developing a team attitude and a winning attitude.”

While it remains to be seen if having a talented roster at the fingertips or a ‘winning attitude’ as a manager is the better ingredient for long-term success, Roberts has done something right. Finally, you can look around baseball and see plenty of good rosters who haven’t had the success the Dodgers have had. What this means is something about Dave Roberts that Zaidi identified is just a bit different, and in a good way.

Recently, Bob Geren has been crossed off the list of Giants’ candidates. Obviously, he does not fit the mold of a Zaidi prototype manager.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. They are looking over at us from a bottom feeder position and an impending rebuild, of course they want what we have, it sure beats being a loser. What they don’t know is that if they got it they would not be happy with incompetence in the biggest games, they’d be crying for the Bochy days when they had a guy they could trust in these moments. Roberts would be ridiculed more than he is here In LA because fans would be comparing his foolish decisions to what Bochy would’ve done in that situation

    • That’s what the Dodgers deserve for wasting all of their talent and resources. It’s pure business these aren’t baseball owners they are investors they are here strictly for business purposes they are using the brand and loyal fanbase. This is why they hired a small market mentality because it makes them the most cash possible while still being just good enough to keep fan hopes alive and coming in the ballpark. A real baseball owner is what the Nats have, a guy who’s passion it was to bring a title back to the fans as appreciation for them and his own desire to have it happen

  2. Please take him!
    Do Dodgers fans all a huge favor. I would love to start winning some world series.

  3. Nice guys finish last. In this case it can be changed to Nice guys don’t win championships. Roberts is clearly a players manager. After watching him for so long it is clear. Bochy is a Hall of Fame Manager and the Giants were watching a championship team who could get it done because of critical decisions by their manager. Roberts has issues making decisions because his goal is to just be nice in spite of the correct and hard decision. Hard decision #1 was to pull Kersh after getting Eaton out. Next inning hard decision was to pull him after the Rendon Home Run. Couldn’t stomach it. I won’t go on with the rest it’s just sick this guy is still the dodger Manager If the Giants want that model so be it. They won’t win any WS, that’s for sure.

  4. They can have him and no there’s not many rosters like the dodgers roster only the Astros and they won the world series in 2017 cause they have a good manager.roberts is too dumb when he gets nervous during post season.

  5. Dave, we welcome your journey up north…and thanks for establishing a great chemistry in the dugout…but now we want to win.
    Adios.
    Jefferson

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