Dave Roberts led the Dodgers through injuries and setbacks to be named NL Manager of the Year
Dave Roberts was used to overcoming the odds as a player. You may remember him being the catalyst for one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history:
And on Tuesday, Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year Award in his first season with the Dodgers -- overcoming pitcher injuries, player setbacks and the Giants' even-year madness. Here are some obstacles he had to navigate during the season:
- Roberts used 31 different pitchers in 2016.
- After struggling on the field with just seven homers and a .706 OPS,
Yasiel Puigwas sent down to the Minors in late July. Once he was called back up, with Roberts using him in a platoon role against lefties, Puig thrived -- hitting four home runs in 57 at-bats and posting a .900 OPS. He was also back to being absolutely ridiculous on defense:
- The Giants stormed through the first half of the season -- building an eight-game lead over L.A. by June 26. But they faltered in the second half, and the Dodgers took advantage, winning 18 of their last 30 games down the stretch. Los Angeles also won two key series against their NL West rivals in the second half:
- Roberts is the sixth skipper to be named Manager of the Year in his first full season and the first Dodger to lead a team to a division title in his debut year since Tommy Lasorda in 1977. That's something to laugh maniacally about.
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