Major League Baseball: Dodgers manager must swallow his words

Major baseball: Dodgers manager needs to swallow his words

UPGRADE DAY

With his team eliminated in the National League Baseball Division Series, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had to backtrack on his prediction from last spring.

The former player said in training camp that his men would win the World Series this year. They certainly played like champions in the regular season, maintaining a record of 111-51, the best in the major leagues. However, they would see the San Diego Padres end their aspirations in a best-of-five series.

Questioned by The Los Angeles Times, Roberts is forbidden to have put too much pressure on his troop.

“I do not regret it, he declared. I think it showed how much I believe in these players and this organization. I do not consider that my words spoken at the camp had any influence in October. Words are powerful, but mine aren't that powerful.”

“I won't guarantee anything next year. On the other hand, my hopes for this team remain just as strong,” he nevertheless specified.

For his part, the president of the Dodgers, Andrew Friedman, came to the defense of his coach being the subject of some criticism.

“I don't think those comments made about Dave were fair,” he said in a press briefing earlier in the day. week.

Roberts has been in charge since 2016 and has consistently led the club in the playoffs. He kept a telling record of 653-380.