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Dodgers' expected hiring of Dave Roberts is make or break for Andrew Friedman

Dodgers' expected hiring of Dave Roberts is make or break for Andrew Friedman

This is the second time Andrew Friedman went shopping for a manager, and the second time he plucked an unheralded guy who never had managed in the major leagues.

If Dave Roberts is the second coming of Joe Maddon, well, three cheers for the Dodgers. But the comparison is far too facile to have any useful application here.

Maddon got the Tampa Bay Rays into the World Series in his third year as manager, an accomplishment regarded as nothing short of a miracle. If Roberts gets the Dodgers into the World Series in his third year, he will have survived two years of the "World Series or bust" mentality, two years of criticism that this novice leader never should have been...

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