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Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten backs Andrew Friedman, Dave Roberts - Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers don’t need to change; their fans need to chill out.

Kasten emphasized that the team would spend whatever it deemed necessary to improve but noted that this offseason could be a little different.

“If money is what is needed, we’ll certainly do that, as we’ve shown time and time again,” he said. “[But] if we think we have kids who need time to play up here, I’m sure we’ll do that as well.”
He strongly supported the two most visible — and criticized — people in that championship effort, manager Dave Roberts and baseball president Andrew Friedman.

“Everyone who is a sports fans think they could a) run a bar and b,) be a manager, and it’s just not true,” he said. “It’s hard, man, it is hard. Every time they don’t win, they think of something we could have done better, and they may be right at various times ... [but] we’re talking about the [manager] that maybe right now has the greatest lifetime record ever?”
As for Friedman, he said: “We disagree plenty, but we talk through all of those things. Andrew, Mark [Walter, chairman] and I have developed a rhythm that is extraordinarily productive.”

In general, Kasten said he is sold on the club’s leadership.

“I’m very happy with all the things that are currently in place with the Dodgers,” he said. “Andrew is on his way to the Hall of Fame, probably so is Doc. ... We are very fortunate to have both of them here.”

I tell Kasten that many fans aren’t going to like hearing some of these quotes. They want open anger. They want radical change. They’re no longer simply cherishing the summer journey. They want October satisfaction.
...“I’m so proud we have an ownership group that has lived up to all the things we committed to. It’s rare, you know, it really is,” he said. “We sell about 4 million tickets a year, and these people aren’t here because we might win or lose the last game of the year. They’re here because every night is worth coming to. ... They’re going to be entertained, they’re going to engage, they’re going to enjoy it. ... You can enjoy the whole year without just focusing on the last game or games of the year.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 07, 2022 at 05:40 PM (#6104714)
But can Dave Roberts run a bar?
   2. Brian C Posted: November 07, 2022 at 07:22 PM (#6104726)
Cutting Roberts loose would probably be pointless if not outright counterproductive, but the manager always gets heat from the meathead crowd and it is what it is. Putting Friedman on the hot seat would really be an epic own-goal, though. Crazy world we live in where the owner even needs to express his support for him.
   3. The Duke Posted: November 07, 2022 at 08:12 PM (#6104734)
Roberts has done nothing in the heat of the moment to suggest he deserves that role. He should go. The goal is to win the World Series. He isn't accomplishing that with great, great teams.
   4. McCoy Posted: November 07, 2022 at 08:16 PM (#6104737)
They should hire Dusty Baker

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