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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts signs 3-year extension

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts signs 3-year extension
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, shown Oct. 8, 2021, has guided the Dodgers to three World Series appearances and one championship through six seasons. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

March 25 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts agreed to a three-year contract extension Friday, the team announced.

Roberts, who was entering the final year of his deal, has guided the Dodgers to three World Series appearances and one championship through six seasons. His .622 regular-season winning percentage ranks as the highest among those who have managed after 1940.

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"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to continue leading this great team into the future," Roberts said in a statement. "To be able to wear the Dodgers uniform, and represent this world-class organization on and off the field, is truly an honor.

"From the players to the front office staff, every single person affiliated with the club has played a vital role in the team's success throughout my tenure. I look forward to continuing our quest to be the best in baseball each and every year."

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The Dodgers enter the 2022 season with high expectations once again after the off-season acquisition of former Atlanta Braves superstar first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Earlier this week, Roberts went as far as to guarantee a World Series title this season, saying on the Dan Patrick Show: "We are winning the World Series. That's our focus. That's our goal."

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With Roberts at the helm, the Dodgers have captured the National League West crown in five of the past six seasons. This is the second contract extension that Roberts has signed with the club.

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