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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Talks Clubhouse Atmosphere Under Dave Roberts

“It’s not about one player, it’s one team.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers has a conversation with releif pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Dodgers won 9-8. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

Recently at his charity event, Kenley Jansen was nice enough to talk about the Houston Astros sign-stealing allegations. Furthermore, Jansen feels that if Houston is guilty; serious action needs taken by baseball.

Next up, Jansen gives us a look inside the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse culture. Specifically, this clubhouse that he says was created by manager Dave Roberts. Remember – in the wake of game five of the NLDS – Ken Rosenthal questioned whether or not the Dodgers would still trust their manager.

However, Jansen says that Roberts has shaped a true team atmosphere inside the bowels of Chavez Ravine. Take a look at this key quote:

“What he built around here in the clubhouse, it wasn’t like this before he came here. This is more of a team now with everyone united and how everyone is. Doc kind of built this, it’s one team. It’s not about one player, it’s one team. We all buy into that and try to win a championship. It’s frustrating we lost but next year is gonna be another year, and we’re gonna be there.”

By comparison, Jerry Hairston Jr. also spoke positively about the job Roberts does when given the opportunity.

While it’s possible Jansen was trying to sound harmonious, the part about Roberts emphasizing the importance of being one unit not solely focused on one player is likely very true. For example, you see this with all the interchangeable parts the Dodgers use within a ballgame.

Finally, there are plenty of things to be critical of Roberts about. I would say managing a clubhouse and a group of guys through adversity is definitely his strong suit. The Dodgers have a guy who scores high in that department, if we are scoring him.

NEXT: Breaking Down Why Dave Roberts is Returning as 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. I always knew this about roberts.He is a very good coach.That is the reason why friedman hire roberts.He brings everyone together.The seattle Mariners,were intrested in roberts.

  2. Yes we know he’s great at creating good chemistry and team first mindset. If only he could manage in the playoffs then we would truly have something great here and for years to come

  3. He has to be good at something because he can never make the right decision. Rather have a manager who puts winning FIRST because the Dodgers seem to put their own stats first (swinging for the fences) instead of playing the sport as a team.

  4. Great guy but horrible game Managér. He cares more about players liking him than making the hard decisions.
    Showed time and again cannot manage pitching in strategic playoff games.

  5. It’s not only about being the rah! rah! kum bye yah guy in the clubhouse. It’s about making the tough decision to tell Kersh, You aren’t the best pitcher for this moment vs Rendon. It’s about having the mindset to know Kelly can’t throw an effective 2nd inning of relief. Geeze, anyone can throw compliments around and be cool. Anyone can laugh at the clown Kiki and then start him. He can’t hit but is clown boy. Lasorda had the right mix. Tough and smart. He is an absolutely horrible manager. A good one though for a last place type team. Not a contender.

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