Shortly after the Dodgers announced Dave Roberts as their new manager on Monday, he received the endorsement of a powerful voice in the team's veteran-laden clubhouse.
All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez sees in the 43-year-old Roberts a man capable of working with a wide range of personalities on one of baseball's signature franchises.
"He's a guy that has played all kinds of roles," Gonzalez said. "He was a fourth and fifth outfielder. He was a starter. He had a few really good seasons. He's a guy that's come off the bench and done incredible things. He's going to be able to relate to a lot of the situations that players are in."