Dodgers manager Dave Roberts enjoys a dreamy first day at work in his ‘dream job’

first_img“It always felt like there was something kind of missing,” Friedman said of his 2015 roster. “I think every team says that, that doesn’t have the magic and winning in October and win the World Series.”Friedman said that “something” is hard to identify, but he wouldn’t point to the new manager as a cure-all.“You just look at the perseverance (Roberts) showed during his playing career, the perseverance he showed as a coach, and it’s less about any one actionable thing as it is about the process — the deliberate process he will undertake starting this winter, with connecting and building relationships with our players,” Friedman said. “At the end of the year, hopefully after the parade, it won’t be any one seminal moment as much as it’ll be the collective efforts of him and the coaching staff from this winter all the way through October.”• Videos: Dave Roberts announcement | Magic Johnson and Dave Roberts | Roberts discusses his styleThe Dodgers don’t have a coaching staff yet. Rick Honeycutt is presumed to be returning as the pitching coach, though Roberts acknowledged that it might not happen since Honeycutt’s contract isn’t official. Incumbent hitting coach Mark McGwire will be the San Diego Padres’ next bench coach according to multiple reports, though that isn’t official either. The most uncertainty surrounds the Dodgers’ next bench coach, a role Tim Wallach has filled the last three years. The bench coach is typically the manager’s point man for in-game strategy, and neither Wallach nor Roberts has managed at the major-league level before. “I think ideally it’s someone that has experience,” Friedman said, “whether it’s managing, which would be ideal, or extensive bench coaching experience.”Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development and the runner-up for the manager’s job, has been discussed internally as a possible coach. Kapler might also return to his old job too; Friedman would only say that he expects Kapler to return in some capacity.The coaching staff should be announced by next week. Roberts, who will have plenty of input, said he will prioritize having a staff of teachers.“Sometimes people at this level feel like we can roll out the ball and let these guys play,” he said. “I want teachers and leaders and guys around me that are going to challenge me and try to make me grow. I’m going to do the same thing.”If Roberts isn’t the first Dodgers manager to win a World Series since Tommy Lasorda, he can at least rest on some other meaningful firsts. Sitting in the front row Tuesday were his African-American father, Waymon, and Japanese mother, Eiko, the two people responsible for Roberts’ unique ethnicity among major league managers. He’s probably the first Dodgers manager to face questions about sabermetric data in a job interview, too.Roberts answered those questions correctly. He answered all of them correctly.“It was almost like he had our answer key,” Friedman said, “the answers we wanted to hear.” Dodger Stadium was mostly empty Tuesday afternoon, save for the Welcome Dave Roberts graphic splashed across two hexagonal video boards and Roberts’ children playing baseball on an otherwise empty field below.Roberts, in his first day on the job after being introduced as the Dodgers’ new manager, was not managing, though he was wearing an official number 30 jersey on his back. Magic Johnson slipped the jersey on himself.Managing the Dodgers is a “dream job,” Roberts said, a thought he shared with his wife and not many others. Dream jobs don’t always have a dreamy way of playing themselves out in reality, but for a day this one did.The Dodgers, of course, have been stuck in baseball purgatory for a while: Good enough to win three straight division titles, not good enough to reach or win a World Series since 1988. Managing this team is a dream wrought with challenges. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img No challenge was too ambitious for Roberts to tackle Tuesday — from aiming to win a World Series to meeting with tempestuous outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his role in a bar fight Wednesday night.“I reached out to him and he was out of the country,” Roberts said of Puig. “Once this settles down I’m going to reach out again. I hear he’s going to be coming out in January, so we’ll touch base personally.”Roberts said he’ll spend a day with Clayton Kershaw in Texas on Sunday, then join his new bosses at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.Who knows what the Dodgers’ 40-man roster will look like by then. As buzzwords go, “open mind” might have topped the list Tuesday, both for Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Just as the front office will have input into Roberts’ final say on the lineup card, it appears Roberts will have a seat at the Dodgers’ table in Nashville — something Don Mattingly didn’t have last December when he stayed home with his newborn son.last_img read more


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