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Former Padres coach Dave Roberts named Dodgers manager

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Former San Diego Padres bench coach Dave Roberts (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers officially named Dave Roberts as their new manager Monday.

Roberts, 43, will be formally introduced at a news conference on Dec. 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Roberts was an outfielder for the Dodgers for 2½ seasons, starting in 2002.

“It’s hard for me to put into words what it means to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Roberts said in a news release. “This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.

“The Dodgers are the ground-breaking franchise of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo. When I put on this uniform as a player, I understood the special responsibility to honor those that played before me as well as the amazing bond between the Dodgers and their fans. I feel that I have now come full circle in my career and there is plenty of unfinished business left in L.A.”

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