Dave Roberts was deemed the National League Manager of the Year bringing more accolades to a great Dodger team.
Yesterday, Dave Roberts was crowned the National League Manager of the Year. In just his first season as a full time manager, Roberts brought home yet another award for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Roberts guided the Dodgers to an NL West best 91-71.
As all Dodger fans know, 2016 was not an easy year for the Dodgers. The Dodgers were easy favorites going into the season. But injuries derailed the season quickly. By the All Star break on July 16, the Dodgers were 6.5 games out of first place behind the San Francisco Giants. Most people were already writing the season off.
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And if they weren’t then, they definitely did once Clayton Kershaw hit the disabled list. With Kershaw gone and the team already down, it seemed impossible that they would capture the NL West division, let alone make the playoffs.
Roberts was a mega-micromanager. And in the changing landscape of the MLB focusing on specialization, it worked out a lot of the time. But Roberts also brought a great and vibrant personality to the Dodger ball club. He focused on playing with heart and never giving up. His passion for the game is undeniable. And his drive to win is second to none.
Roberts is a great manager. This year, he was the best in the National League.