On Nov. 23, 2015, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the hiring of Dave Roberts as the franchise’s 28th manager and 10th since the club moved from Brooklyn. Roberts, who is of African-American and Japanese descent, additionally became the Dodgers’ first minority manager.
He was formally introduced at Dodger Stadium eight days later, accompanied by Dodgers part owner Magic Johnson, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and then-general manager Farhan Zaidi.
Some considered the hiring of Roberts a bit of an upset as former Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler was thought to have an inside track and be Friedman’s preferred candidate.
While Kapler has now found his footing with the San Francisco Giants, there’s no denying the Dodgers’ success with tabbing Roberts for manager.
He became the first manager in MLB history to lead his team to a division title in each of his first four seasons. Prior to Roberts being hired, the Dodgers had never won three consecutive division titles in franchise history.
In 2016 they became the first team to win the National League West in four consecutive seasons since the Divisional Era began in 1969 — a record that was extended to eight before being snapped.
Overall, the Dodgers’ streak trailed only the Braves (14) and New York Yankees (nine) for most consecutive division titles since 1969.
Roberts additionally helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series in 2017 and last year captured their first championship since 1988. In 2019, Roberts guided the club to a franchise-record 106 wins — a mark that was tied during the 2021 season.
Since taking the helm as manager, Roberts has led the Dodgers to an MLB-best 542-329 record, five NL West titles, three NL pennants and one World Series title.
Roberts won NL Manager of the Year in 2016 and placed second in 2017, but hasn’t been a finalist since then — finishing sixth (2018), fourth (2019) and fifth (2020).
Will Dodgers sign Roberts to extension?
For all Roberts has accomplished and despite having a strong relationship with Friedman, he is poised to enter the final year of a contract extension that was signed after the 2018 season.
Roberts expressed hope a new deal will soon be agreed to and Friedman has indicated that largely is a matter of time.
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