Now that Dave Roberts has been officially announced as the Dodgers new manager, we can finally close out the eight year era that began with Joe Torre and ended with his hand-chosen successor, Don Mattingly. This era featured five playoff years, including the last three straight NL West division winners. Nonetheless, the Dodgers have been shut out of the World Series for the past 27 years.
I will never forget Juan Uribe teaching Don Mattingly when not to bunt in the 2013 NLDS against the Braves. After Yasiel Puig doubled with no outs, Mattingly decided to take the bat out of Uribe’s hands by asking him to bunt Puig over to third base. Uribe had a better idea. He bunted the first two strikes foul, forcing Donnie Baseball to remove the bunt sign. Juan Uribe then proceeded to hammer the ball to the back of the bullpen, far over the left fielder’s head to put the Dodgers ahead 4-3. Then Kenley Jansen came in with his own hammer, striking out the side to nail down the NLDS victory.
The most embarrassing playoff scene for Mattingly (yes, I’m gonna put it on him) was allowing Daniel Murphy to steal third base after being moved from first base to second base on a walk. Nobody covered third base, not Corey Seager, not Zack Greinke, not nobody.
I welcome the newest era of the Dodgers franchise, featuring Dave Roberts as the manager.