The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially brought aboard Dave Roberts to be the club's new manager, according to a club announcement on Monday afternoon.
As reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale, a press conference is not expected to be held until the following week after Thanksgiving weekend.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that talks were in it's final stages, while ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said that details were being finalized.
Roberts becomes the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10th manager in team history since moving out West from Brooklyn. The first time manager also becomes the first minority manager in franchise history, as his father is African American and his mother is Japanese. Roberts is replacing Don Mattingly, who left as the two sides couldn't agree on a contract extension and decided to mutually part ways.
Mattingly later ended up with the Miami Marlins, as owner Jeffrey Loria was said to prefer given their relationship from the past while together in New York with the Yankees as that was said to be a significant factor in the decision.
Roberts had previously spent time with the San Diego Padres where he started in 2011. Originally, he was the club's acting first base coach until the 2013 season when he then switched over as the team's bench coach where he manned that position under Bud Black and Pat Murphy for the past two seasons.
While the Seattle Mariners were looking for a new manager following the exit of Lloyd McClendon, Roberts was on the team's radar as a potential candidate for the job before Scott Servais was hired.
As noted by MLBTradeRumors, this will be Roberts’ first managerial job at any level of pro baseball, aside from one game last summer as a fill-in for the Padres after Bud Black was fired.
During Roberts' 10-year playing career which ended following the 2008 season, he had spent two seasons in Los Angeles from 2002-2004.
Earlier on in the teams search for a manager, the Dodgers were said to be looking at third base coach Tim Wallach as a possibility, alongside Dave Martinez and Gabe Kapler who is currently working as the Dodgers' director of player development.
University of Nebraska head coach and former major leaguer Darin Erstad was an option but not for a long period of time as he decided to drop out to spend more time with his family, which ultimately narrowed down the options.
In a press release, general manager Andrew Friedman issued the following statement:
“We could not have been more impressed with [Roberts] through this process. His energy is infectious and he has the rare ability to make a genuine connection with every person he comes across. He has developed strong leadership qualities and accumulated a breadth of baseball experience over his career as both a player and coach. He is a “baseball man” and “people person” in the truest sense of those words. We feel fully confident that he will effectively lead our team in pursuit of its ultimate goal — bringing a world championship back to the city of Los Angeles.”
Roberts becomes Friedman’s first managerial hire since taking over as the Dodgers president of baseball operations and only his second overall as an executive, the other coming in 2006 when he was a part of the Tampa Bay Rays and hired Joe Maddon.
This pick is well regarded around the baseball community, as Roberts is very well respected not only as a bench coach but even during his playing days. Friedman hit a home run the last time he hired a bench coach to be a first time manager, lets see how this plays out in the upcoming 2016 season.