The Los Angeles Dodgers may be the greatest regular season team of this generation. They have won the NL West in nine of the past ten years, while their ten year run of playoff appearances is the longest active streak in the majors.
But there are problems. The Dodgers have just one championship in that span, coming in the pandemic shortened 2020 campaign. While they could argue that a second title would have happened in 2017 without AstroGate, the fact of the matter is that they lost the series.
Los Angeles Dodgers hoping for different results with same approach
Once again, the Dodgers came up short this season. Yes, their 111 regular season wins were impressive, but that led to a total of four playoff games before being eliminated. However, nothing is going to change, at least on the coaching front, as manager Dave Roberts and his coaching staff are coming back.
It is difficult to argue Roberts’ success during the regular season. He has a 635-380 record as the Dodgers’ manager, winning three National League pennants and that aforementioned championship in his seven years at the helm. If he was to be let go, he would not be out of a job for long.
At the same time, the Dodgers have continually disappointed in the playoffs. Every year, there is something that goes awry. This year, they did not hit with runners in scoring position during the NLDS, hardly anything that can be blamed on Roberts. Has he made questionable decisions? Yes. But every manager does – no one is Nostradamus.
The question with replacing Roberts is finding someone that would constitute an upgrade. There are few managers that have produced better results. One has to imagine that, as long as the Dodgers continue to reach the postseason and win the division, they will break through at some point in time.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are keeping Dave Roberts and the coaching staff. Maybe in 2023 they can get different results with the same approach.