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How the new Dodgers manager is preparing his team for success

How the new Dodgers manager is preparing his team for success

Dave Roberts tented his fingers and measured his words with care. He stared into the distance, a block away from the endless blue of the Pacific, two weeks away from his first spring training as manager of the Dodgers.

"The No. 1 goal ... is for us ... to create an unbreakable bond within the group," Roberts said over breakfast at a cafe in Carlsbad. "Where no distractions ... get us away from staying together ... or getting our focus off track."

He assembled the message piece by piece, the pauses injecting drama into an otherwise idyllic setting. A half-eaten plate of huevos rancheros sat in front of him as he let his mind drift, pondering the...

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