Transmogrified Tiger wrote:I'm not very impressed with Roberts the tactician(although admittedly that's in the playoffs which are a slightly different animal), but if I'm going to live up to my words about caring the most about player development, I can't ignore that the Dodgers have been the absolute gold standard at it. Yes they've had plenty of top prospects, but they've all hit, and they also have been able to resurrect careers too(Muncy, Turner, Hill, Morrow, etc)
Yeah, I'm not impressed either but it feels like every manager makes some tactical blunders in the playoffs or
their team gets eliminated before they get the chance or
they just finished playing the Twins...
I'd really need to talk to my friends on the west coast that are Dodgers fans to get a full understanding of the Pros and Cons of Dave Roberts. I have a friend (Braves fan) that was kinda shocked the Cubs were letting Maddon leave even though it's not a surprise to any of us here.
I think Roberts is probably a top 10 manager (and maybe even top 5 after talking to friends/scouts). I think you'd be crazy not to interview him at least if he became available and you have an opening during that time.
"It was met with, basically, he didn't want to talk about that. He didn't want me to tell him that. I just basically said, 'Well that's why we want an electronic strike zone.'" -- Ben Zobrist