By Frederick H. Lowe
Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts will lead his team to the World Series today, becoming the fourth African-American manager in Major League Baseball history to do so.
The Dodgers will open the series Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. The Red Sox had the best regular season record in the MLB with 108 victories and 54 losses, winning the American League East. The Red Sox took home the American League title by defeating their bitter rivals the New York Yankees.
The Dodgers won the National League West with a 92-71 record. They defeated the Milwaukee Brewers to win the National League crown.
Roberts joins Dusty Baker, manager of the 2002 San Francisco Giants, Ron Washington, manager of the 2010 and 2011 Texas Rangers and Cito Gaston of the Toronto Blue Jays to reach the World Series.
But only Gaston took home the winning trophy, winning the October Classic in 1992 against the Atlanta Braves and again in 1993 defeating the Philadelphia Phillies.
Last year, the Dodger, managed by Roberts, lost the World Series to the Houston Astros.
“It’s great for baseball,” Roberts said about the coming World Series matchup. “Two storied franchises going head-to-head. It’s going to be great for baseball,” Roberts told Mike Lupica, a columnist for Major League Baseball.
The last time the two teams met in the World Series was 1916 when the Brooklyn Dodgers were called the Brooklyn Robins.
Roberts is the son of an African-American father and a Japanese mother. He was born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan on May 31, 1972.