Dave Roberts has been one of the most successful managers of the last half-decade, taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series or League Championship Series in four of those five years and winning the National League West division in all five.
The last four full seasons, the Dodgers have averaged 98 wins. Their 43-17 record in 2020 was not only the best in the National League but all of baseball this year, and projects to a record-tying 116 wins over a full 162-game season. The Dodgers have sported the best record in all of baseball in two of his five seasons and the best in the National League in three.
Unfortunately for fans of the Dodgers, Roberts has not been able to get the team over the hump to win the ultimate prize. As of the first three games of the 2020 NLCS, the skipper has gone just 31-24 in the postseason and a mere 4-8 in the World Series, compared to a phenomenal 436-273 (.615) in the regular season.
So all that said, is it really out of the realm of possibility that should the Dodgers lose in the NLCS and not even make the World Series this year that Roberts gets fired, despite still having two years left on his current contract with the team?
Roberts checks almost all of the boxes that general manager Rick Hahn recently said the White Sox would be looking for in a new manager: “Ultimately, the best candidate or the ideal candidate is going to be someone who has experience with a championship organization in recent years. Recent October experience with a championship organization would be ideal.”
A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora surface as favorites for the White Sox job despite the recent sign-stealing scandals they were involved in. Roberts, should the Dodgers fail to again win the World Series and change direction at manager, checks virtually all of those boxes except for winning the ultimate prize of a World Series as a manager. Ironically enough, both of Roberts’ losses in the World Series came at the hands of Hinch and Cora.
So should Roberts become available, do you think the White Sox should go after him, instead of Hinch or Cora? Would a change of scenery be what Roberts needs to finally be pushed as a manager to win baseball’s ultimate prize?