The Dodgers have signed manager Dave Roberts to a contract extension through the 2022 season, per a club announcement Monday. The deal tacks on three additional years to the year Roberts had remaining on his current deal:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Dave Roberts has agreed to a four-year contract to manage club through 2022. The announcement was made by Dodger President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 3, 2018
Roberts, 46, received a significant amount of criticism during this year’s postseason, mostly from fans who wanted him to treat Rich Hill as if he was Old Hoss Radbourn, and he was even booed en masse by the fans at Dodger Stadium before Game 5 of the World Series. While there is some legitimate reason for skepticism about Roberts’ overreliance on platoons and inability to field a consistent lineup, it’s pretty hard to argue with the results, as his teams have reached two straight World Series — they’ve just been unable to close the deal in the end. Roberts’ Dodgers teams have won the NL West in all three of his years in the dugout, and he has the fourth-highest winning percentage of any full-time manager in the team’s 135-year history, trailing only Bill McGunnigle, Chuck Dressen, and Burt Shotton, all of whom managed the team before its move to Los Angeles in 1958.
Roberts signing this extension quiets rumors that the Dodgers would leave him as a lame-duck manager in 2019 and use the season to evaluate his future in LA. Perhaps more significantly, it eliminates the possibility of him leaving Los Angeles after next season and crossing over to the other side of the heated Giants-Dodgers rivalry, joining former Dodgers GM in San Francisco and serving as the successor to his former manager, Bruce Bochy.