“He’s A Modern-Day Rickey Henderson” | Mookie Betts Gets the Ultimate Praise From Manager Dave Roberts

“He’s A Modern-Day Rickey Henderson” | Mookie Betts Gets the Ultimate Praise From Manager Dave Roberts

LOS ANGELES – As the MLB season continues to get deeper, one of the league’s best is starting to heat up.

 

Mookie Betts has been the gift that keeps on giving these past four seasons for Dodgers fans everywhere.

 

 

He’s currently batting .257 for the season, a little bit more than 30 points below his career average of .291, but Dodger fans have good reason to believe one of best players in baseball is back to his old self. Over the last seven games, he’s batting .300 with four home runs and five RBI and has a .364 on-base percentage and a .700 slugging percentage to add on. 

 

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Mookie’s Defense Has Been Ahead Of Offense This Season 

 

While his offensive game is starting to catch up, he’s been a lifesaver for the team on the defensive side. With the departure of guys like Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger, and the ACL injury that will cost Gavin Lux the entirety of the 2023 season, Betts has been asked to do more than usual, and boy has he stepped up.

 

Aside from playing his usual position of right field, where he’s won six Gold Gloves throughout his career, he’s also played 13 games this season at second base, the position Betts was actually originally drafted to play when he was taken by the Red Sox back in 2011 during the fifth round of the draft. He’s even played eight games as the captain of the infield at shortstop. He’s been stellar in those 21 games where he wasn’t playing right field, only committing one error.

 

After taking down the Yankees 8-4 on June 2nd, a game in which Betts hit a leadoff home run, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts compared him to an MLB Bro all-time great.

 

“He’s a modern-day Rickey Henderson,” he said about Betts. “Getting in the box, we throw up a zero, he puts up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Guys feed off that.”

 

“It’s a super cool comparison, but Rickey’s a different breed,” Betts said when asked about the comparison.

 

LA Dodgers Continue Dominance Of Division  

 

The Dodgers are currently sitting at 35-25, tied at the top of the NL West with the most surprising team in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The boys in blue also are tied for the best record in MLB when playing at home at 20-10.

 

The teams next six games will be on the road against the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies, and then Dave Roberts‘ squad returns to Dodger Stadium for a three-game series against the White Sox and division-rival San Francisco Giants.

All four of these teams have been subpar this season, so this is a great opportunity for the Dodgers to increase their lead in the division as they will try and recapture their 10th NL West title in 11 years.

 

After winning 111 games last season, which was the most in franchise history and fourth most all-time, the team had a meltdown in the postseason, only winning one game. Betts and the Dodgers most certainly have a sour taste in their mouths, as they will try to right their wrongs from last season and make sure that this year has a much better ending.

DEJA VU IN BOSTON | 3-0 Comebacks Not Unfamiliar To Boston Sports, Ask LA Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts

DEJA VU IN BOSTON | 3-0 Comebacks Not Unfamiliar To Boston Sports, Ask LA Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts

Monday night we have the opportunity to see something that has only happened five times in the history of North American team sports. We could witness a team coming back from three games to zero deficit to win a postseason series.

 

The Boston Celtics will attempt to become the sixth when they host the Miami Heat at the TD Garden in Game seven on their Eastern Conference Finals series…

 

What does that have to do with baseball?

 

One man in the big leagues understands the city and the stakes as well as anyone. 

 

Dave Roberts Knows Beantown Comebacks

 

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox 19 years ago. Before the Sox won four world series titles over the span of 14 seasons, they had gone 86 years without a championship. Countless times they had their seasons ended by the New York Yankees, either in the regular season, and by the time the 2004 playoffs had arrived, twice in the postseason.

 

On October 17th, in the bottom of the ninth, with the red sox down three games to none, and with Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera on the mound, Roberts was sent out to pinch run for Kevin Millar.

 

Roberts hadn’t been used much since being included in the trade for Boston’s iconic shortstop Nomar Garciaparra earlier that season. He hadn’t played in almost two weeks.

 

But in that moment, with all of Fenway Park, and all of the baseball world knowing that he was going to try and steal second base.

He did.

 

 

The pitch was good, the throw by Jorge Posada was great. Dave Roberts was better. He beat the tag and he tied the game when he scored on Bill Mueller’s single.

 

Boston would win Game 4 in 12 innings and go on to win the series in seven, taking the final game in Yankee stadium before finally breaking the curse of the Bambino with a world series win.

 

 

The Red Sox were the underdogs against the mighty Yankees, while the Celtics are favored against the Heat.

 

The circumstances aren’t exactly the same, but if anyone understands what the Celtics will be feeling, it’s the man holding the lineup card in the home dugout at Dodger Stadium.

 

Derrick White The 2023 Dave Roberts? 

 

Perhaps Derrick White will be remembered as Dave Roberts is; for creating that one magical moment that gave a city and a team that had almost had its hope extinguished, one more chance to believe.

 

 

If the Celtics do go on to win the championship, White, just like Roberts, won’t ever have to buy a drink in Beantown again.

Trayce Thompson’s 3 Bro Bomb, 8 RBI Night Helps Skipper Dave Roberts Continue His Winning Ways

Trayce Thompson’s 3 Bro Bomb, 8 RBI Night Helps Skipper Dave Roberts Continue His Winning Ways

Dave Roberts is in his eighth season as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. When it comes to wins, Roberts knows a thing or two about that. He has taken the Dodgers to the postseason in every season he’s been the skipper and has made three World Series title appearances, winning one.

Despite a talent-laden San Diego Padres squad that is poised to finally take over in the NL West division, the Dodgers are once again the favorites and have started the season off 2-1 in their opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

 

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Going into the 2023 season, the expectations will be no different for Roberts and his team, which is to get back to the World Series and win. This will be a crucial season for Roberts. Even though the Dodgers extended his contract to three years last season, the team needs to have more success in the postseason. Part of being a great manager is knowing how to recognize and nurture talent. Roberts is gifted in that area as new stars keep emerging such as Trayce Thompson, who has gone from MLB maybe to MLBbro bomber, clubbing three homers in a 10-1 win in the final game of a three-game series against Arizona. 

In fact, according to MLB Network, Klay’s brother has the highest OPS in baseball (Min 180 PA) since the 2022 All-Star Break at 1.018. 

 

Dave Roberts Has Hella Wins & One Title

 

The head man for the Dodgers has won 654 games during his seven-year career in L.A. Roberts helped lead the Dodgers to its seventh World Series title in 2020. Before that, the team made back-to-back World Series appearances in 2017 and 2018 but failed to bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy.

 

Last season, L.A. finished with the most wins in all of baseball with 111. Unfortunately, the Dodgers postseason run was short lived when the San Diego Padres beat them 3-1 in the NLDS. Dodgers fans were disappointed to say the least, seeing their team only win one game in the playoffs after a dominating regular season. 

 

 

 

Roberts has had some talented teams throughout his time in L.A. and everyone knows that when it comes to the postseason, that’s when the wins really matter.

 

What This Season Means For Dave Roberts

 

With the contract extension, Roberts will have the chance to bring another title to the West Coast. Though his team looks a little different this year, he still has talent all around the field and on the mound and in the bullpen.

 

 

The question is, will he push the right buttons as the season progresses and the NL West race is tighter than a Halter dress and thong worn by Ciara at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar party. 

 

Now Roberts has plenty of baseball knowledge and crazy experience. And yes, he’s been put in some tough situations where he’s had to make some crucial decisions during games that may not have gone in his favor. That’s just how the game goes. Tough luck is part of the experience.  

 

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The baseball world may very well be spoiled by Roberts’ consistency. Ever since the former Red Sox playoff hero took over in L.A. the Dodgers have been among World Series favorites. When you have high expectations year in and year out, there can be a lot at stake. But the Dodgers believe that Roberts can help lead them to an eighth World Series title and possibly more, that’s why he will continue to get contract extensions until he at least wins less than 90 games. 

 

You better believe that all eyes will be on Roberts and the Dodgers from start to finish. Only time will tell, as we’ll get to see how everything plays out.