After taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to its second consecutive World Series appearance, the team’s manager Dave Roberts earned himself a four-year extension which will keep him with the team through 2022. Although the financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed, it is believed that Roberts, who earned $1 million in 2018, also received a healthy pay rise.
The news was confirmed by the Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman in a statement released on Monday.
“Keeping Doc as our leader on the field was a top priority this offseason and now that we’ve accomplished that we are excited to collectively shift all of our focus to doing all we can to bring a World Championship to our passionate fans,” – said Friedman.
Welcome back, Doc! pic.twitter.com/pGA0tZryuD
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 3, 2018
Dave Roberts became Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager in 2016, after serving on several coaching positions with San Diego Padres. Roberts posted a 287- 200 record in his three seasons with the team while leading the Dodgers to World Series appearances in the last two years. In 2017 they lost to Houston Astros, while Boston Red Sox came on top in 2018.
“When I was hired to lead this team three years ago, I said at the time that managing the Dodgers is truly the opportunity of a lifetime, and I feel the exact same way today.” – said Roberts after inking the new deal. “We’ve worked hard to develop a team and culture that will put us in position to win the World Series every season, but we still have yet to achieve our ultimate goal and that is what drives me each day. I want to thank Andrew, [team president] Stan Kasten and our outstanding ownership group for believing in me and keeping me in Dodger Blue, a uniform I’m so proud to wear.”