Dave Roberts is an American-Japanese professional baseball manager. He became team manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, and in 2017 he made history as the first manager of Asian descent to lead a team into the world series after helping the Dodgers win the National League pennant. Before beginning his coaching career, Roberts had a 10-year career as an outfield baseball player, playing for 5 different MLB teams.
Dave Roberts Family, Parents
David Ray Roberts was born on May 31, 1972, in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, to an African-American father and a Japanese mother. His father Waymon served in the United States Marine Corps, and while serving in Japan, he met and married Roberts’ mother Eiko. He has a younger sister named Melissa. As he grew up, his family moved several times, and they lived on various military bases. The family eventually settled in San Diego, California.
Roberts began his high school education at Vista High School, and after the first year of college, he transferred to Rancho Buena Vista High School. As a 3-sport athlete, he was active in soccer, basketball, and baseball during his 3-year stint at Rancho Buena Vista and led the school to win the San Diego Section 3A Class 3A soccer championship in his senior year. However, Dave turned down college football scholarship offers and decided to play baseball. Roberts eventually attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played for the Bruins baseball team as an outfielder for four years.
Dave Roberts was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round of the 1994 MLB draft. However, he was assigned to several teams in the lower league for the entire duration of his 3-year engagement with the Tigers. In June 1998, he was transferred to the Cleveland Indians but continued to play in minor league teams until August 1999, when he made his Major League debut. His Minor League assignments continued until the end of his three-year stint with the Cleveland Indians. He played 75 games for the team and achieved a batting average of 0.242.
In December 2001, Roberts joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, and in 2002 he had his first full MLB season. In the 2002 season, he hit 0.277 in 127 games with 45 stolen bases, and in the 2003 season he finished with an average of 0.250 with 40 stolen bases in 107 games. His time with the Dodgers ended in July 2004 when he was transferred to the Boston Red Sox.
His time with the Red Sox was rather short-lived, but he contributed in a remarkable way to the team’s victory in the 2004 World Series, even though he did not play in the championship. In the run-up to the championship, Roberts scored a crucial stolen base in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, which helped the team qualify for and eventually win the 2004 World Championship, the first since 1918.
Dave Roberts joined the San Diego Padres in December 2004, and after two years was transferred to the San Francisco Giants, where he spent the final years of his playing career. In March 2009 he was released from his contract with the Padres. In May 2009 he officially retired from sports, whereupon he began a one-year career as a sports journalist.
MLB Coaching Career
Dave Roberts was recruited by the San Diego Padres in October 2010 as the team’s first-base coach. He served in this role for three seasons before being promoted to bank coach at the end of the 2013 season.
On November 23, 2015, he was hired as a team manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the team to its fourth consecutive National League West title in 2016 and promotion to the National League Championship Series 2016 and was named National League Manager of 2016 by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and Sporting Newsmagazine.
Roberts led the LA Dodgers to the 2017 World Series, making history as the first baseball manager of Asian origin to advance to the World Series. The Dodgers were eventually defeated 3-4 by the Houston Astros in seven games.
Roberts and the Dodgers got off to a bumpy start in the 2018 season, but recovered and won the National League West title with a record 92-71. Roberts led the team to victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in 7 games in the NLCS 2018, which qualified them for the 2018 World Cup, the second consecutive championship series. The Dodgers face the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.
Just like his career, Dave Roberts has a lot to offer in his relationship and family life. He is married to his high school sweetheart Tricia. Just like her famous husband, Tricia Roberts (née Schempp) grew up in Vista, California.
She is a certified sommelier and also runs her own interior design office. The couple formed their marriage in 1997 and have 2 children, a son named Cole and a daughter named Emmerson.