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Dodgers name Dave Roberts their new manager

Posted on November 23, 2015

Dave Roberts of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after winning game four of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2004 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 3-0 to win their first World Series in 86 years. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a named a new manager for the upcoming 2016 season, and their newest skipper is a guy who will be hard for many Bay Area ball fans to boo when the Dodgers come to town next season. That’s because new Dodger manager Dave Roberts finished his playing career wearing the orange and black when he played for Bruce Bochy in 2007 and 2008. During his time in San Francisco Roberts became good friends with many people in the organization and the local media. He has a great personality and is easy to root for. Heck, he is in the wine business with former Giants fan-favorite and all-star Rich Aurilia. The two are business partners who own the Red Stitch Wine Group. How can any Giants fan boo a friend of Aurilia’s?

Is this a good move for the Dodgers? I don’t know. The club has a roster full of talent and money to burn on payroll. They have also won three division titles in a row. However, the caustic atmosphere in the clubhouse and failure to advance in the post season led to Don Mattingly leaving last month, so they needed to make a change. Roberts has no managerial experience but is a great dude that the Dodgers ball club will love playing for. The guy will be smiling like crazy when spring training opens in Glendale, Arizona in February. I just wonder if he will still be smiling much in August.

The main reason I am writing this blog post about Roberts is that I have some nice pictures of him throughout his playing career sitting in my archive that I wanted to share. Let’s take a look!

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Center fielder Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats during the game against the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park on April 18, 2004 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Dave Roberts of the San Diego Padres bunts against the San Francisco Giants during the game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on May 28, 2005. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Dave Roberts (left) and manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants line up on the field during ceremonies before the game against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on April 7, 2008. The Padres defeated the Giants 8-4. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Barry Bonds and Dave Roberts of the San Francisco Giants auction off Giants jerseys at a charity jam concert Barry Zito organized to benefit two non-profits at Ruby Skye nightclub in San Francisco, California on May 24, 2007. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Dave Roberts of the San Francisco Giants in action during the game against the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on July 26, 2007. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Dave Roberts of the San Francisco Giants bats during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on September 28, 2008. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Dave Roberts of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on April 19, 2007. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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