Dave Roberts | The Steal That Helped End Boston Red Sox 86-Year World Series Drought

Dave Roberts | The Steal That Helped End Boston Red Sox 86-Year World Series Drought

After playing just 45 games following his trade from the Dodgers, Dave Roberts helped Boston steal the American League pennant from the New York Yankees with the most significant steal in the history of baseball’s postseason. Roberts was the catalyst for a team that rebounded from an historic 3-0 deficit in the ALCS to bring a World Series title to Boston for the first time in 86 years.

 

Why This Will Be Dave Roberts’ Most Challenging Season

Why This Will Be Dave Roberts’ Most Challenging Season

Dave Roberts is currently in his ninth season as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. During his time in L.A. he has surpassed over 750 wins and has a World Series title.

 

Dusty Baker & Dave Roberts Continue To Set The Standard For Managerial Excellence In 2023

On paper, Roberts has had some talented teams, but all he has to show for it is one title. This year, the Dodgers have a team filled with talent yet again, but this could also be his most difficult season.

The Dodgers made headlines during the offseason spending more than $1.1 billion on MLB star Shohei Ohtani and Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Not to mention the additions of pitchers Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, and James Paxton. The Dodgers wanted to add some pieces to their bullpen, but will this bullpen be able to carry this team through the 2024 season and into the playoffs?

Handling Shohei Ohtani Media Attention 

And let’s not forget the Ohtani fiasco at the start of the season with his translator. Roberts has already had a lot on his plate and we’re not even 20 games into the season yet.

Roberts addressing the Ohtani situation regarding his translator

On March 20, ESPN reported the Dodgers had fired Ohtani’s translator, Ippei Mizuhara, after allegations of massive theft.

The allegations centered on wire transfers from Ohtani’s account, totaling around $4.5 million.

“I’m very saddened and shocked that someone who I trusted has done this,” Ohtani said in an NBC News article.

“Ippei has been stealing money from my account and has told lies.”

Roberts talked about the situation and believes the organization will continue to move in a positive direction.

“Actually, I would argue that it’s going to help relations internally,” he said before the Dodgers’ last exhibition game. “Because there’s no longer a buffer. I think that I’ve already seen it in the last couple of days. I think Shohei has been even more engaging with his teammates, and I think there’s only upside with that.”

Roberts wants to make sure the team’s chemistry is strong and that it continues to grow as the season progresses.

Can this pitching staff win games for the Dodgers?

Offensively, the Dodgers have one of the best lineups in all of baseball. Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Ohtani are a recipe for disaster for opposing pitching staffs.

Roberts will not have to worry about his team producing runs, with the offensive threats he has.

Now on the flipside, the pitching is another story. With Ohtani unavailable to pitch for the entire season due to elbow surgery, the Dodgers need to find that guy who can dominate on the mound.

The Dodgers threw a lot of money at Yamamoto and they are hoping he can blossom into a dominant pitcher. In his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, Yamamoto had an impressive outing, going five scoreless innings with five strikeouts.

It was a much better performance from his debut when he only lasted one inning giving up five runs on four hits against the San Diego Padres.

“There’s a lot of confidence and there’s a lot of pride and fire,” Roberts said of Yamamoto in an ESPN article. “And appreciating the contract and his part of the deal — I think he takes it personal. And took it personal. He was really intent on pitching well for his home debut.”

Tyler Glasnow is a pitcher the Dodgers will look to have a significant impact this season. The 30-year-old looks to surpass 10 wins for the second straight season. But one thing to note regarding Glasnow is that he’s never pitched over 120 innings in his career.

That could play a factor in the latter part of the season.

 

Roberts will have his hands full this season and all eyes will be on him to see how he leads his team and navigates the ups and downs and media scrutin win his second World Series title as a manager.

Dusty Baker & Dave Roberts Continue To Set The Standard For Managerial Excellence In 2023

Dusty Baker & Dave Roberts Continue To Set The Standard For Managerial Excellence In 2023

The regular season is coming to close and the final playoff standings are beginning to form.

Every manager that will arrive in the playoffs will prepare their team for a potential World Series run. However, there are two managers that have more experience in the playoffs, and are both ready to push for their second championship.

MLBro managers Dave Roberts and Dusty Baker have already solidified playoff spots for their teams and are looking forward to October baseball.

 

Dave Roberts Just Wins & Wins 

 

Dodgers manager Roberts led his team to a World Series title in the Covid-shortened 2020 season.

Although Roberts is a proven manager, he has won only one of three World Series appearances that his team has been to. With all of the talent that he has had, and his unprecedented regular season success, expectations are still high for him as fans and media alike believe that he is more than capable of leading the team to another ring.

Currently, the Atlanta Braves sit as the favorite to win the National League Pennant, but do not underestimate the longevity and professionalism of Roberts and his Dodgers team.

 

Dave Roberts Passes Jim Leyland For Fourth Place In All-Time MLB Playoff Wins With 45 | MLBbro Manager Making History

 

MLBbro Dusty Baker brought legitimacy back to the Houston Astros organization, after a few years of chaos following their cheating scandal which many fans believe led to their 2017 World Series win.

Many believed that the Astros run was over, but Dusty with his vast experience rallied the team together for a surprise World Series run last season. Long has he been a great manager, but last fall cemented his legacy amongst the elite. 

A repeat as World Series champion would place him in a totally separate elite category. He could join MLBbro Cito Gatson as the only other African-American manager to win back-to-back World Series titles.

 

Will Another World Series Title Move Dusty Baker Into The G.O.A.T. Conversation For Managers?

 

Dusty Baker Going For Back-To-Back World Series Rings

 

Both of these MLBbro managers have experienced great success. Dave Roberts has never won less than 91 games in seven full seasons as manager.  Dusty is an icon and the pride of Black Baseball.

He’s the only manager to win a division with five different teams. And over the last 30 years he’s accumulated 2.179 wins, good for seventh place all-time just behind Sparky Anderson, who he should pass in 2024 if Dusty decided to manage again, and Joe Torre (2,326). 

A dream scenario would be to see the two MLBbros meeting up against each in the Fall classic.

An appearance for the Astros would mark Dusty’s club winning three straight American League pennants, a feat that has not happened since the New York Yankees did it from 1998-2000. Roberts helped the Dodgers to the franchise’s 10th NL West crown in 11 seasons. 

There is no guarantee that either manager will end up in the World Series, but one thing we can be sure of is that both MLBbros will have their teams prepared and ready for the challenge.