Dave Roberts was a pretty good outfielder back in his playing days. While he was mostly known fro his speed, the Dodgers skipper would utilize that to get to balls hit into the gap when he was in his prime.
Doc might be in his managerial prime, but it’s safe to say his physical prime is behind him. At 48 years old, I’m sure a lot of us can relate. But that didn’t stop Doc from getting some reps in before the game on Wednesday.
The Dodgers posted this clip of Roberts taking some fly balls in the outfield prior to the game. While we will give him some credit for catching the ball, he might be losing out on the route efficiency a little.
Doc’s still got it. ? pic.twitter.com/YmpAQBX8JY
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 14, 2021
Doc added in during his press conference that he “didn’t get any style points” for the catch. But Dodgers players and coaches went wild on the field when he went down to make the catch. It might not have looked pretty, but it got the job done.
Luckily, Justin Turner came to the defense of Roberts. JT said that they weren’t normal flyballs and that the hangtime on them was nearly 8 seconds. They certainly didn’t take it easy on the Dodgers manager!