Dave Roberts receives votes of confidence from Dodgers GM, president
The Los Angeles Dodgers sit at a shocking 16-26 following Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins. The struggling team’s sixth-consecutive loss also means the Dodgers have now matched the worst start in franchise history. In fact, this season’s miserable start marks the earliest the Dodgers have been 10 games under .500 since 1929.
The manner in which the Dodgers have inexplicably stumbled out of the gate this season is baffling, as the team is coming off an appearance in the World Series. That said, the Dodgers apparently will attempt to right the ship under the guidance of embattled manager Dave Roberts.
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi indicated Thursday that Roberts’ job is safe. Zaidi cited “confidence” in Roberts due to how well the manager pushed all the right buttons last season.
“We, again, have all the confidence in him in the world,” Zaidi said on ESPN Los Angeles. “We said that during spring training when people asked about it. [We] haven’t seen anything in this first quarter of the season that has done anything to our confidence level with him.”
Dodgers president Andrew Friedman also gave Roberts a vote of confidence, even going so far as taking all the blame for the team’s horrible start.
“There is no doubt in my mind that he is the right guy to lead this team going forward,” Friedman said, via The Los Angeles Times. “The way our minds work is not to assign blame to anyone at this point. It’s to hunker down, all together, and try to solve problems.
“I’m very comfortable in saying that, if we had to assign blame at this point, it should be me who is taking that, and not Doc.”
All that said, the Dodgers, losers of nine of 10, are 8.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-18) in the NL West. It goes without saying that if the team does not turn it around quickly, there’s little hope of the Dodgers being in contention later this summer. And the organizational support for Roberts will be nothing but empty words amid a stunningly lost season.