Padres promote Roberts to 1st base coach
Dave Roberts is returning to the field as first base coach of
the San Diego Padres.
The former major leaguer will move over from his current role as
a special assistant in the baseball operations department.
Roberts said he developed a rapport and mutual respect with
manager Bud Black, ”and his offer to me was huge.”
”Ultimately it was too good of an opportunity to pass up,”
Roberts said. ”I look at the past season and how much fun I had
with the players and working with staff. It’s an opportunity to be
more hands on. It’s exciting.”
During last spring training, Roberts worked with the Padres on
their baserunning techniques and worked with the outfielders.
Roberts said he’ll bring to his job ”just the knowledge of
playing and also being on the bases, just relating to these guys.
I’ve lived it, I’ve had good times, I’ve had tough times. I just
want to bring the experience as well as the energy and passion that
I have for the game. I’d like to believe that I can convey that to
the players and I’d like to think they’d be better for it.”
Roberts is best known for his stolen base for Boston in Game 4
of the 2004 AL championship series against the New York Yankees
that sparked the Red Sox to an elusive World Series
Roberts has recently battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma, undergoing
chemotherapy and then radiation treatments.
He believes he has it beaten.
”All my scans are clear,” he said.
He played 10 seasons in the majors for Cleveland, the Los
Angeles Dodgers, Boston, San Diego and San Francisco. The speedy
outfielder retired after 2008 and worked in television last year
for the Red Sox.
Roberts was a career .266 hitter with 243 steals.
He replaces Rick Renteria, who will become the bench coach.
Former bench coach Ted Simmons is leaving to pursue a managing job
or return to scouting.