The Dodgers announced Monday they have signed the longtime manager to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2022 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Dodgers picked up a 2019 option on the 46-year-old’s previous contract in early November to ensure he’d remain in their dugout this coming season. That enabled both sides to continue talking and eventually reach the new agreement.
Dave Roberts has agreed to a four-year contract to manage the Dodgers through 2022. https://t.co/mVkZEG68Z6
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) December 3, 2018
“Keeping Doc as our leader on the field was a top priority this offseason and now that we’ve accomplished that we are excited to collectively shift all of our focus to doing all we can to bring a world championship to our passionate fans,”
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement.
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) December 3, 2018
Los Angeles has not missed the playoffs since hiring Roberts, winning at least 91 games in each of the last three seasons, including a 104-win campaign in 2017 – along with three straight NL West titles and the last two NL pennants.
.”When I was hired to lead this team three years ago, I said at the time that managing the Dodgers is truly the opportunity of a lifetime and I feel the exact same way today,” Roberts said, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.
Welcome back, Doc! pic.twitter.com/pGA0tZryuD
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 3, 2018
Roberts is definitely a great skipper, but is he going to get the Dodgers over the hump? Losing back to back World Series isn’t something to necessarily put on your resume.
He’s also made some head scratching decision the last few postseasons.
Like I said before, certainly an interesting decision.
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