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Dodgers: Insider Calls Dave Roberts ‘Most Underpaid Manager In The Game’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Roberts remain at an impasse at the current time with the manager’s new contract. However, there are reasons to believe that the team and Roberts will get something done in the near future.

The team has the entire offseason and 2019 regular season to negotiate with Roberts. Moreover, there are those within the game who believe Roberts is underpaid. Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been dropping some great Dodgers nuggets lately. The latest comes from an ‘insider’ in baseball who believes the Dodgers are getting more than their share of bang for the buck on Roberts.

Roberts is said to be on vacation overseas, and the sides are said to remain apart. The Dodgers picked up his $1.1 million option for 2019 which, as one insider put it, makes him “the most underpaid manager in the game.”

As always, it would be nice to know the name to this nameless. This ‘insider’ could be just about anyone who resides within the game of baseball.

Still, it’s fair to question: is Dave Roberts underpaid?

His credentials and resume seem to speak for themselves. Roberts has a .589 career winning-percentage in the regular season. There are a lot of other organizations who would pay top-dollar to welcome a manager that could get their squad to two straight World Series appearances.

In some ways, I am bullish on Roberts. All the while realizing that he has his warts like every other human. I have lived long enough to have the perspective that the grass is not always greener with someone else or somewhere else.

So what say you, Dodgers Nation? Is Dave Roberts underpaid?

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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. WHOEVER WROTE THAT MUST BE ON DRUGS??? I HAVE WATCHED EVER DODGER GAME SINCE DAVE ROBERTS HAS BEEN THE MANAGER AND HE IS ONE OF THE WORST IN-GAME MANAGERS IN BASEBALL!!! WHEN WE WIN, IT IS DESPITE HIS MOVES!!! STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN OVER GAME 4, HE BLEW GAME WITH 4-0 LEAD!!! NICE GUY, LOUSY MANAGER!!!

  2. I believe that he creates amazing connections w/ his players and is a positive human being. That said, I think his managing skills are quite questionable at times. For instance, I don’t believe he is at the level of a Bruce Bochy type manager.
    The last manager we had amazing positive interpersonal skills and a managerial mindset was Tommy Lasorda. That was a manager!

  3. Hearing that most of the decisions are made by the front office including lineups, pitching decisions etc., he is overpaid. But it seems when he goes with his gut we are worse off.

  4. Roberts is underpaid, given his record in three years, and the paltry salary, especially holding the team together this past season and getting to the WS. I am convinced that if he had more control to manage, with little or no interference, he would be better, because he was an old school player, now forced to be a so-called ‘analytics’ manager. Bottom line – who would be better right now?

    • interesting the issue of having more control to manage is brought up, if for no other reason than it was said many times that Freidman and Co. collaborate with suggestions on lineups and pitching decisions but Freidman insists that the ultimate in game decisions are Robert’s alone to make.

  5. Roberts has made many bad decisions.. the front office has made many bad decisions.. I am not a support of Roberts at all in fact I said months ago to get rid of him..but..if the front office keeps butting in.. does it matter who their puppet is?? Is he underpaid.. never.. but to settle this all.. get rid of him

    • Well, they picked up his option for 2019, for all intents and purposes both the FO AND Roberts have to take accountability for these 2 WS losses, meaning these bad decisions are on both. Players however are just as responsible for what took place in these 2 WS also. My other guess would be that FO may not be too overjoyed with how Roberts managed in the WS and perhaps that may be one of the reasons why he has not been extended beyond 2019 and may never be depending upon what takes place in 2019.

  6. Roberts did not lose the two WS. No team was as good as the Red Sox this year, and Yu Darvish lost the WS last year. Stupid move to acquire him if we could have gotten Verlander.

    Who believes what Friedman says? Why have a president of baseball operations anyway? (too many chiefs) A good general manager is enough.

  7. At times Roberts is great and other times I don’t understand the way he follows the trends of the day. Like Pulling pitchers throwing no-hitters …..etc….he is hurting the fans of being at a game that would potentially be historic..

  8. Dave Roberts is a very good manager from April through October, but for some reason he takes stupid pills in the World Series. No need to document them, but I can’t resist naming three – 2017 Darvish pitching in game 7, 2018 bringing Ryan Madson into the pivotal moment of a pivotal game, 2018 using a platoon system to the point of absurdity leaving a hundred plus homers on the bench when the Dodgers could not score. Yet, it’s true, Lasorda lost his two first World Series. So, is Dave Roberts Tommy Lasorda or Bobby Cox? If he’s Bobby Cox then he has to go, but I guess only time will tell.

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