It's great to have you back, Dave! Via Joey Nowak at MLB.com:
"To be able to put this hat and this jersey on again, it'll never be mistaken and forgotten, how impactful these people [have been] and the legacy they created," Roberts said. "I look at it as a responsibility to continue forward and do things the right way."Photo above via @MLB on twitter. You can check out more photo's from yesterday's press conference from Jon SooHoo here. Below are more links to check out:
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider live blogged the Dave Roberts press conference. Check it out here. Below is an excerpt:
A word that I like, I like “grit.” I wasn’t a great baseball player, and so I had to do a lot of things and grind and try to create opportunities for myself. And I think grit is something I believe in — it’s an unrelenting passion and desire for a common goal.”
“I’m always trying to learn. I’m always trying to grow. I want to be the best that I can be. That’s kind of my goal for staff, for people in the organization, for players. I think if we can shoot for that, everything else takes care of itself.”
- Just to clear things up. Via Dylan Hernandez on twitter, Kershaw never said those things about Puig:
Friedman denies Kershaw told him to trade Puig.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 1, 2015
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Impressive first interview gave Dave Roberts inside track to Dodgers manager job."
"After our first-round interview, it was like he had our answer key. He had all the answers we wanted to hear going through it," said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "It was incredibly impressive.""We went into it with a completely open mind," general manager Farhan Zaidi said. "There's no way Dave walked out of that interview without thinking 'I totally nailed that,' because that's what we all thought."
- Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue, "Being Genuine Is Key To Connecting With Yasiel Puig, Says Adrian Gonzalez."
“From my experience, Puig responds well to genuine people; when he understands there’s no agenda and people really just care for him,” Gonzalez said.
“I think that’s one reason why he’s really responded well to me. I told him from day one I don’t want anything from you. When I tell you something it’s for your own good. I’m not doing it because I’m trying to get something out of you or I’m trying to get something for myself.”
- This is good news. Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Don Newcombe resting at home after fainting at Dodger Stadium press conference."
- Topps recently announced, via instagram, that a Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) of Bull Durham fame autographed card will be inserted into packs of 2016 Topps Archives. Check it out on the right.
- Holy mackerel! Are we about to have another reason to loudly boo Barry Bonds? Apparently, he will be a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins, via Mike Oz at Big League Stew.
The coaching hierarchy as it's been reported has Bonds as a second hitting coach alongside Frank Menechino, who has been with the Marlins since 2013. New Miami manager Don Mattingly and Menechino are said to be "all in" on the idea, according to Peter Gammons.
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