Managing and Coaching Career: The 2016 NL Manager of the Year enters his fifth season at the helm of the Dodgers, after leading Los Angeles to its seventh straight National League West title and second consecutive NL pennants in 2017 and 2018... Became the first manager in baseball history to lead the Dodgers to the Postseason in each of his first four years with the club. Roberts' 393 wins through his first four full seasons as a Major League manager ranks fourth all-time, behind Frank Chance (426), Billy Southworth (413) and Earl Weaver (398) - source STATS LLC... Among current managers his 25 Postseason victories ranks third, trailing just Terry Francona (40) and Joe Maddon (32)…those 25 Postseason victories are second in franchise history, trailing only Tommy Lasorda (31)... In 2019, led the Dodgers to a franchise record 106 victories... In 2017, led the club to the best record in the Majors for the first time since 1974 with a 104-58 mark and the National League's best record for the first time since 2009…was the runner-up in the 2017 NL Manager of the Year award, receiving five of 30 first place votes (55 total points)... Managed his club to the best 50-game stretch in franchise history, as the Dodgers won 43 of 50 games from June 7, 2017 until August 5, 2017…it was the best stretch in the Majors since the 1912 New York Giants, who went 43-7 from May 6 until July 3 and according to Elias Sports Bureau, only four teams have put up a stretch of winning 43 of 50 games or better in baseball history: the 2017 Dodgers, the 1912 Giants, the 1906 Cubs and the 1884 St. Louis Maroons... In his first season as Dodger manager in 2016, he was named NL Manager of the Year on Nov. 15, 2016, receiving 16 of 30 first-place votes, to join Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda (1983, '88) as the only managers in Dodger history to win the award since its inception in 1983…it was just the sixth time the award went to someone who was in his first full season as a manager...also became the first manager of Asian descent to win the award... In his first season as the club's manager, he led the Dodgers to a NL West title, becoming just the second rookie manager ever to lead Los Angeles to a division title, joining Tommy Lasorda (1977)... Honored as the Sporting News' 2016 NL Manager of the Year, becoming just the third Dodger manager to receive the award by the publication, joining Hall of Famers Leo Durocher (1939) and Walter Alston (1955, '59,'63)... Made his Dodger managerial debut on April 4, 2016 in San Diego with a 15-0 victory over the Padres, the largest margin of victory in a shutout win on Opening Day in MLB history... Named the 28th manager in Dodger franchise history on Nov. 23, 2015...is the 10th skipper in Los Angeles Dodger history and the fourth to both play and manage for the team (15th overall)... Became the first minority manager in Dodger franchise history... Following the conclusion of his playing career, spent the 2010 season in San Diego's front office, before becoming the Padres' first base coach from 2011-13...served as San Diego's bench coach for the 2014 and 2015 campaigns...managed the Padres for one game on June 15, 2015, following the departure of Bud Black
Playing Career: Played in the Majors for 10 seasons, debuting with the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 7, 1999...played for the Indians (1999-2001), Dodgers (2002-04), Red Sox (2004), Padres (2005-06) and Giants (2007-08)... In 832 career games, batted .266 with 243 stolen bases, including a career high 49 in 2006...also hit a career-best .293 with San Diego in 2006.. Was the Dodgers' starting center fielder from 2002-04, hitting .262 in 302 games and stealing 118 bases in 143 attempts (82.5%)..is the fourth L.A. Dodger manager to also play for the franchise, joining Tommy Lasorda, Bill Russell and Glenn Hoffman... Was traded by the Dodgers to the Red Sox at the 2004 trade deadline and then famously stole second base off the Yankees' Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS...the steal put him in position to score the tying run later in the frame as Boston became the first team in MLB history to rally from a 3-0 series deficit in the postseason.
Personal: David Ray Roberts…he and his wife, Tricia, have a son, Cole and a daughter, Emmerson...was born to an African-American father and a Japanese mother in Okinawa, Japan...attended Rancho Buena High School in Vista, CA...playing quarterback, he led his squad to the San Diego Class 3 A State title in 1990...played baseball at UCLA and is the school's all-time leader in stolen bases (109)...graduated in 1995 with a degree in history...was orginally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round of the 1994 amateur draft...along with former Giants' teammate Rich Aurilia and John Micek, owns Red Stitch winery in the Napa Valley.