Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is one of nine inductees into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Wednesday.
Roberts played at UCLA from 1991-94, earning two All Pac-10 honors. He still holds the Bruins school record with 109 stolen bases.
“It’s a huge honor to be going with eight other Bruins. Those sports teams have had so many great athletes, great men and women. To be recognized is humbling,” Roberts said via Zoom call on Wednesday. “I’m proud to be a Bruin.”
Other inductees this year include Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, and long jump world record holder Mike Powell.
Roberts was one of several former and current big league players who talked to Marly Rivera at ESPN about Black players finding their voice and trying to change systemic racism in and around the game. “I think that if you have a platform, and believe that Black lives matter, then you should use that platform,” Roberts said. “If not now, when?”
Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register has more on the piped-in crowd noise used at Dodger Stadium and other MLB ballparks this season.
J.P. Hoornstra at the Orange County Register wrote about the challenges facing major league umpires this season.
Matt Monagan at MLB.com wrote about Dodgers clubbie Francisco “Chico” Herrera.
Earlier this week, Andrew Friedman was a guest on MLB Network Radio and talked about the challenge of developing young players in a shortened season.