Los Angeles Dodgers Manager
Dave Roberts is the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since taking over the reins for the Dodgers in 2016, Roberts has earned respect as a big-league skipper—a difficult task in the second-largest U.S. media market—and proven that his "players' manager" style is a winning one. His record of 195-129 in his first two full seasons earned him the 2016 NL Manager of the Year and Runner-up in the 2017 voting. In 2017, Roberts led the Dodgers to an impressive record of 104-58 and a trip to the World Series, where they battled all the way to a memorable Game 7 against the Houston Astros.
Roberts—born in Naha, Japan, to parents Waymon and Eiko—was the first coach of Asian descent to lead a major league team to the World Series.
Because of his father's military background—a United States Marine—he bounced around from place to place before the family settled in San Diego, California. In high school (Rancho Buena Vista), Roberts was a multisport star, excelling in basketball, football, and baseball. He was an exceptional quarterback, leading the Longhorns to a San Diego Class 3-A championship his senior year. As expected, Roberts was recruited to play football in college—namely, the Air Force Academy. But he declined, due to his passion for baseball, and instead decided to attend UCLA where he would join the Bruins baseball team as a walk-on Roberts didn't disappoint, either. He left UCLA as the school's all-time stolen base leader—a skill that would eventually write Roberts into the MLB history books...
The Detroit Tigers drafted him in 1994—which would start a journeyman's tale in the minors that almost caused Roberts to quit the game in 1996. Luckily, Roberts' father talked him out of it and, only three years later, on August 7, 1999, culminated with him making his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians. In his first game, Roberts went 3-5, with one stolen base. (Oh yeah, he was picked off once, too.) Roberts played in the MLB for ten seasons, with the Dodgers, Padres, Indians, Giants, and the Boston Red Sox. He ended his career with a .266 batting average, a .708 OPS, 95 doubles, and 243 steals in 301 attempts.
And speaking of stolen bases...
Roberts will forever be known for “The Steal,” a ninth-inning swipe of second base during Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees. Down 4-3, and facing elimination, Roberts key stolen base sparked the Boston Red Sox to the most dramatic comeback in MLB playoff history.
After retiring, Roberts was hired as a special assistant in the Padres baseball operations department. He transitioned to the role of first base coach in 2010 and was promoted to bench coach before the 2013 season, where he would stay until leaving to become manager of the Dodgers.
Coach Roberts is married to Tricia—who he met in high school—and has two children, Cole and Emmerson. When he is not coaching or winning arguments against MLB Umpires (he currently has a record of 25 overturned calls against 51 challenges) you can find him possibly enjoying a glass of wine from his Red Stitch Winery.