Dave Roberts, Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Date of Birth: 5/31/1972
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan
Dave Roberts, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was a top baseball player at UCLA. At the time of his graduation in 1995, he was the university's all time stolen base leader. After earning a degree in history, he was drafted by and signed with the Detroit Tigers in June, 1994. Four years later, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. He played in the minor leagues from 1994 through most of 2001.
Roberts played in 41 games with the Indians in 1999, 19 games in 2000, and 15 games in 2001. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, 2001. He had his first full season in the major leagues in 2002, playing in 127 games with the Dodgers. He finished the season with a .277 batting average, 117 hits, 14 doubles, 45 stolen bases, and 34 RBIs.
In July, 2004, Roberts was traded to the Boston Red Sox but he didn't stay with them long. They traded him to the San Diego Padres in December, 2004. His best season was with the Padres in 2006 when he had career highs in games played (129), hits (146), triples (13), stolen bases (49), RBIs (44), and batting average (.293).
Roberts finished his major league playing career with the San Francisco Giants. He signed with them in December, 2006, and stayed with them until his release in March, 2009. He retired as a player in May, 2009.
Career batting statistics for Roberts from 1999 through 2008 include:
- 832 games played
- 721 hits
- 95 doubles
- 53 triples
- 243 stolen bases
- 213 RBIs
- 362 strikeouts to 307 walks
- .266 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Roberts as an outfielder include:
- 259 games played in left field, 514 games played in center field, 17 games played in right field
- 1,540 putouts
- 14 errors
After retiring as a player, Roberts became an analyst and commentator for NESN in 2009. In October, 2010, he was hired as the Padres' first base coach. He stayed in that position until 2014, when he was switched to the team's bench coach. On November 23, 2015, he was named the Dodgers' manager for 2016.
Roberts led the Dodgers to the playoffs in 2016 despite the team losing most of its starting rotation to the DL during the season. Roberts and the Dodgers finished the season in first place in the National League West division with a 91 to 71 record. They then went on to defeat the Washington Nationals in the NL Division series in five games. They lost the NL Championship series to the Chicago Cubs in six games.
Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year award for his leadership of the Dodgers in 2016.
Roberts and his wife Tricia were married in 1997. They have two children.
Roberts and his wife are partners in the Red Stitch Winery located in Cardiff, California.
Roberts was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in March, 2010. He was declared cancer-free in June, 2011.