Announced earlier today by UCLA, Los Angeles Dodgers head coach Dave Roberts will be part of UCLA’s Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
He bled UCLA blue as team captain of the 1994 @UCLABaseball team and now bleeds Dodger blue as manager of the @Dodgers. Dave Roberts, welcome to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame! #UCLAHoF2020 pic.twitter.com/43I1gYoWeG
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) July 15, 2020
Roberts will be alongside other UCLA standout athletes such as Keira Goerl (softball), Lauren Holiday (women’s soccer), Kevin Love (men’s basketball), Mike Powell (track & field), Noelle Quinn (women’s basketball), Tasha Schwikert (gymnastics), Russell Westbrook (men’s basketball) and Adam Wright (men’s water polo) in the 2020 class.
Roberts played baseball for UCLA from 1991-1994 and was the team captain in his final year there. He is a 2-time All-Pac 10 member and still holds the UCLA record for career stolen bases with 109. Roberts also set the school’s single-season record in stolen bases in a year with 45 in 1994. Speedy guy this one was.
Even after all those accomplishments, Roberts still holds top 10 marks in triples (5th-10), at-bats (5th-784), walks (T-6th- 128), hits (9th- 242), and runs scored (10th- 177). Yeah… HOF worthy indeed. About time UCLA!
Of course, a real baseball (and Dodgers fan) can figure out what happened to Roberts after his college days were done. Playing in 10 major league seasons that included the Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, and Giants. Who can forget when he helped Boston with the 2004 World Series title with his memorable series-altering steal in the 9th inning of 2004 ALS Championship series against the Yankees.
Back then it was a little okay to be a fan of the Red Sox, now not so much. You can guess why. Grrrrr.
Roberts is now the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed in 2016 and became the first minority manager in franchise history. In the same year, he was named the NL Manager of the Year… in his FIRST SEASON! He joined good ol’ Tommy Lasorda as the only other rookie manager to lead Los Angeles to a division title.
Bravo on your accomplishment Dave. Now just bring us a Dodgers title!