Coming off yet another early exit from the playoffs with their $200 million roster, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been in an ongoing search for a new manager since the team mutually parted ways with Don Mattingly almost a month ago. On Sunday it was announced that Dave Roberts, whose infamous steal of second base in the ninth inning of game four of the 2004 ALCS is universally considered the moment the Boston Red Sox’ historic comeback began, would become the next manager of the Dodgers, and is expected to be made official after Thanksgiving.

Roberts, 43, spent the last five seasons with the Padres, as first base coach from 2011-13 and as the bench coach for the last two years. This is Roberts first managerial job, and wasn’t considered a candidate early in the process, as he was interviewing with the Mariners before Scott Servais became their head coach. Roberts seemingly came from behind to get the job, as director of player development for the Dodgers, Gabe Kapler, was considered the early favorite. The search expanded on the request of ownership and included former managers Bud Black, Kirk Gibson, and Bob Garen, along with Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, University Of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad and Dodgers coaches Tim Wallach and Ron Roenicke.

Roberts has a daunting task ahead of him, as he inherits a team with a star-studded roster and a $200 million payroll which has won the NL West the three seasons, but is still searching for its first World Series appearance since 1988.

This is the first managerial hire for president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman since coming over from Tampa Bay, and only his second career managerial hire behind Joe Maddon for the Rays in 2006. One can only hope it is as successful. Roberts will be just the 10th Dodgers manager since they moved to Los Angeles and the first minority manager in team history.

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