Dodgers To Hire Dave Roberts As Manager

The Los Angeles Dodgers have settled on their next manager. The Dodgers will tab Dave Roberts as their new skipper. Roberts replaces Don Mattingly, who is now with the Marlins. Roberts beat out Gabe Kapler for the job. 

The Dodgers considered several other candidates, including Ron Roenicke, Tim Wallach and Kirk Gibson. Wallach will leave to join Mattingly in Miami. 

Roberts was last a bench coach for the San Diego Padres, although he did manager one game as interim when Bud Black was fired this season. He spent six seasons with Padres, starting as a special assistant in 2010. He became the team's first base coach for three years before becoming the bench coach.  

Roberts is a former outfielder, best known for his stolen base in the 2004 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. His name might ring a bell with Dodger fans, as he played for the team from 2002-04. He played in the majors for nine seasons. 

Roberts is the first minority manager in the club's history. His father is African American and his mother is Japanese. The Dodgers' front office expects World Series titles, and Roberts will be tasked with succeeding where Mattingly could not. Roberts will also need to put together a coaching staff. It will likely look very different than Mattingly's. 

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