Despite the Dodgers having lost the World Series less than 24 hours ago, their front office announced some big news. The Dodgers have a $1.1 million club option for this year, but it appears they want to lock him up long term.
The criticisms of Dave Roberts are no secret, and they’ve been coming from everyone including the internet trolls, to the professionals. From the starting lineups to the bullpen choices–everyone has their opinion. What is incontrovertible is this: He’s lead the Dodgers to 3 straight NLCS appearances, 2 straight World Series, and an average of 95 wins in his 3 years at the helm. Criticism can be valid depending on the viewpoint. Those facts aren’t up for debate. Many would blame his choices in the playoffs as reasons for the Dodgers lack of a championship. Others would say we may not have ever gotten there without his leadership. Wherever the truth falls, he has lead a successful team in each year.
Friedman also said the Dodgers intend to complete a long-term contract extension for manager Dave Roberts. – LA Times
Dave Roberts is only 47. If he were not to be given the job as many knee-jerkers seem to desire, there is no doubt he’d find a job before the end of the day he is let go. As Dodger fans, it’s easy to forget we’ve won 6 straight division titles. Easy to forget we have seen a lot of success without the ultimate prize. That kind of success without the ultimate success is a recipe for misery and tainted opinions. Maybe the mob is right, and he’s failed during key moments. Granting that premise, he’s a human being and a smart one. Smart ones learn from mistakes. Only the future will tell.
h/t: CBS Sports