I will open this editorial by stating that I am a Dave Roberts fan. He is a great manager of people, and more importantly a great human being. No manager on earth could have navigated the 2018 Dodgers to success… a clubhouse with Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Yasmani Grandal, and way too many bodies for only 8 starting spots per day.
His ability to keep the team cohesive and, more importantly, from in-fighting was truly masterful.
Somehow that team made the World Series. So too did the 2017 (much, much better) team. Now a team that has 105 wins (and counting) has a chance to hope that third time’s the charm in the hunt for an elusive world championship.
However, nothing is guaranteed.
Time for a Change?
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won a World Series. That team made it’s way through the Dodgers in the NLCS and defeated the Cleveland Indians in a Fall Classic for the ages. Three years later, the manager that lead them there is a free agent.
Theo and Joe announce the end. Both agree “this type of change is a win-win”. pic.twitter.com/8CdXvGjaSd
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) September 29, 2019
Joe Maddon, a lovable if not polarizing character, and the Cubs mutually agreed to part ways upon the conclusion of the 2019 season. Immediately — because Dodger fans are just that way — questions and speculation about Maddon managing the Dodgers surfaced.
So that became the hypothetical question of the day. On the final day of the regular season, having just led his team to the postseason for the fourth time in his first four years — a record for a manager — Dave Roberts is already facing questions about his stats as the skipper.
The question was “if the Dodgers don’t win the World Series, would they fire Dave Roberts and consider Joe Maddon as manager?.”
We turned it into a poll question on Twitter.
A question we were asked:
Let's say the Dodgers lose another World Series, or fail to even make it… would they fire Dave Roberts and consider Joe Maddon as manager?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 29, 2019
Doc has 392 wins in four seasons at the helm. He’s led the team to two 100+ win seasons and is universally loved by his players. But you can’t look at all the positive numbers without at least acknowledging the negative.
He is 0-2 in the World Series. The 2016 Manager of the Year has a 23-19 record in postseason play, but a WS record that sits at 4-8.
Would a different voice take the team over the top? Or can Dave and company win this season and finally put an end to this narrative.