While the Nationals this year proved that nothing is official until it’s official, reports are that the Dodgers have concluded their managerial search and have landed on Dave Roberts.
Now, you may be asking yourself just who Dave Roberts is as he has never managed in the majors prior to this job. I know I was. Thankfully, we have the power of the internet at our disposal!
He was born in Japan — his father was a Marine stationed on the island of Okinawa — and raised in San Diego; he played baseball in college at UCLA, where he became the school’s all-time stolen-base leader and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round of the 1994 draft.
Roberts was traded to the Cleveland Indians, who later flipped him to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers leading up to the 2002 season.
Roberts is perhaps best known for a stolen base in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series; the steal sparked a historic comeback for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees and led to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 86 years.
Roberts played 21/2 seasons with the Dodgers; he was traded in 2004 to the Boston Red Sox, with whom he had his signature moment as a player.
He ended his 10-year career in 2008 with the Giants; Roberts was a career ;266 hitter and stole a total of 243 bases.
Roberts then moved on to the Padres front office in 2010 when, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He became the team’s first-base coach the following year. Last season Roberts was promoted to bench coach following the firing of Bud Black.
Roberts will receive a three year contract with a forth year at a team option. He is now one of three minority managers in MLB behind Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and the newly hired Dusty Baker of the Nationals.