Dave Roberts signs three-year extension as Dodgers manager
The Dodgers are heading into the new MLB season with some certainty after securing manager Dave Roberts' future.
Dave Roberts has signed a three-year extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers, keeping him under contract through the 2025 MLB season.
Roberts had been about to enter the final year of his existing agreement as the Dodgers' manager.
But the team have struck a deal with their World Series-winning manager two weeks before their 2022 opener against the Colorado Rockies.
"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to continue leading this great team into the future," Roberts said in a statement.
"To be able to wear the Dodgers uniform, and represent this world-class organisation on and off the field, is truly an honour.
"From the players to the front office staff, every single person affiliated with the club has played a vital role in the team's success throughout my tenure.
"I look forward to continuing our quest to be the best in baseball each and every year."
Roberts was named Dodgers manager in 2016 after only a single game in charge of the San Diego Padres as interim manager the previous season.
He was the National League Manager of the Year in his first season in LA, then led the Dodgers to the World Series in each of the next two years, losing to the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox.
Roberts had been a member of the Red Sox team that ended the Curse of the Bambino by winning the World Series in 2004.
And he finally delivered success for the Dodgers in 2020, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 for their first World Series title since 1988.
Roberts is targeting further glory this year, telling The Dan Patrick Show this week: "We are winning the World Series. That's our focus. That's our goal."
The 49-year-old has a 542-330 record as manager in the major leagues, his .622 winning percentage the best of anyone in National League or American League history and fifth all-time behind four Negro Leagues managers.