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Dave Roberts played for Team USA in the 1999 Pan American Games. The club's leadoff hitter, he hit .308 and stole four bases, the most in the competition.

He is known for what is arguably the most important stolen base in Boston Red Sox history. In Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, with Boston down to the New York Yankees three games to none and trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning, he came in as a pinch runner for Kevin Millar, who had drawn a lead-off walk against Mariano Rivera. He immediately stole second base, then came in to score on Bill Mueller's single to tie the game. Boston went on to win the game in extra innings. That kicked off the Red Sox's incredible comeback that sent them to their first World Series title since 1918.

After his retirement as a player, Roberts worked for the San Diego Padres in their baseball operations department. In May 2010, it was announced that he was suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma and would need to undergo chemotherapy. He defeated the cancer, as subsequent tests conducted a year later showed no return of the condition. He then became a coach for the Padres in 2011. He served as the Padres first base coach from 2011 to 2013. He moved up to bench coach in 2014 and started the 2015 in the same role. On June 15th of that year he was named interim manager, replacing Bud Black. After the Padres lost that day's game, he was replaced by Pat Murphy, who was managing the El Paso Chihuahuas, San Diego's AA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, and he returned to his bench coach duties for the rest of the season.

After the season, he was one of a large number of candidates identified as a potential successor for Don Mattingly as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was considered an outsider, given his lack of managerial experience, but he impressed during the interview stage and was the surprise winner of the competition on November 23rd, getting the job for the 2016 season. The Dodgers were confident in his ability to get the most out of talented but underperforming budding stars like Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson to complements their slew of highly-paid superstars. The Dodgers, and especially President Andrew Friedman, were also impressed by his knowledge of analytics and his front office experience, a marked contrast with old-school predecessor Mattingly. Also working in his favor was the fact he had played for the Dodgers and had been a star at UCLA.

Roberts had an very auspicious debut as a full-time manager, as the Dodgers won their first three games of 2016, all by shutout. In his fourth game, on April 8th, he was faced with a tough decision, as his starting pitcher, Ross Stripling was making his major league debut, and was pitching a no-hit shutout when he reached his pitch count limit of 100 after walking Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants with one out in the 8th. Roberts decided to replace him with reliever Chris Hatcher, denying him a shot at history, and Hatcher quickly surrendered a two-run homer to Trevor Brown. Dave's managerial opponent that day, Bruce Bochy, told the press he would have made the same decision had he been in his position.

"Maury Wills once told me that there will come a point in my career when everyone in the ballpark will know that I have to steal a base, and I will steal that base. When I got out there, I knew that was what Maury Wills was talking about." -Dave Roberts

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Preceded by
Don Mattingly
Los Angeles Dodgers Manager
2016-
Succeeded by
current

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2015 San Diego Padres National League 0-1 -- San Diego Padres interim between Bud Black (32-33) and Pat Murphy on June 15
2016 Los Angeles Dodgers National League Los Angeles Dodgers

[edit] Further Reading

  • Ken Gurnick: "'Full circle' for Roberts as Dodgers manager", mlb.com, December 1, 2015. [1]
  • Richard Justice: "Roberts earning Dodgers' respect: New manager key to leading club to next level", mlb.com, February 25, 2016. [2]
  • Gabe Lacques: "Dave Roberts will be hired as new Los Angeles Dodgers manager", USA Today Sports, November 22, 2015. [3]
  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "As Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts' task is clear: World Series or bust", USA Today Sports, November 23, 2015. [4]

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