As T-shirt flap blows over, Dodgers’ Dave Roberts thinks keeping it loose is right way to go

first_imgThose instances all occurred during Don Mattingly’s time as Dodgers manager. The clubhouse remains loose under Roberts – and he takes that as both a compliment and a necessity of his job.“Baseball – I think the word we hear the most is ‘grind,’” Roberts said. “When you’re playing 7-1/2 months of baseball, it’s a grind. So to be so non-emotional, stoic, quote-unquote professional every single day is unrealistic in this day and age, in my opinion. And I don’t think it’s necessary. You have to have fun. This game is a game. It’s fun. So to hold players to a certain standard that they have to act a certain way to be professional, for me, is absurd.“To say I have a loose clubhouse, yes. But I have players that watch the game, they talk about the game, they talk about the opposition, they run balls out, they go first to third, they go on balls in the dirt. When they get hit by a pitch, they take their base. We don’t throw at hitters intentionally to hurt people. We celebrate small victories within our team. And I think that’s a good thing.”UP NEXTBrewers RHP Freddy Peralta (4-2, 3.74 ERA) at Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (7-5, 3.27 ERA), Monday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), ESPN (out of market only) “To take a shot at him and our guys, I just thought it was unfair.”The Braves’ front office – most of whom are in Cooperstown this weekend for Chipper Jones’ Hall of Fame induction – sent an apology through intermediaries to Roberts for Simpson’s comments. Roberts, however, said he did not speak with Simpson directly. Utley would not comment about his meeting with the broadcaster.”I don’t know how Major League Baseball allows such attire when the gates are open and fans are watching.”The Dodgers wore t-shirts and shorts to batting practice and Braves’ TV analyst Joe Simpson wasn’t happy about it: https://t.co/SkTrpe4q7t pic.twitter.com/VjAg6DNifZ— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 29, 2018 Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ ATLANTA – As the Dodgers celebrated another “Shirtless Sunday” in the weight room, Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson was in the visitors’ clubhouse at SunTrust Park Sunday morning to talk with Chase Utley about the comments Simpson made during Saturday’s broadcast, calling Utley and the Dodgers “unprofessional” and “an embarrassment” for taking pregame batting practice in T-shirts.The absurdity of that juxtaposition was only slightly higher than this latest clash between the self-appointed keepers of old-school baseball thought and the modern age of social media and individuality itself.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called Simpson’s comments “a cheap shot” and said he was particularly upset that Utley was singled out while wearing a “K Cancer” T-shirt that represents the Jason Motte Foundation, an organization that supports the fight against cancer.“I did hear those comments and I was very taken aback,” Roberts said before Sunday’s game. “You’re talking about Chase Utley who is a consummate professional not only on the field but off the field, wearing a ‘Strikeout Cancer’ shirt, a cause that is dear to his heart. … Batting practice is to get your work in which Chase does an amazing job of, as do all our players. To see him take ground balls or go through his routine in the cage, that should be the takeaway. When you talk about the fans, that would be my message – to watch him and how he works and prepares for a major-league baseball game. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day center_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense “It’s past,” Roberts said. “I think, for us, it’s water under the bridge. If he talked to Chase and Chase is good with it, that’s good by me.”The latest flap involves a Dodgers team that once had a bubble machine in the dugout to celebrate home runs and a disco ball (complete with smoke machine) in the clubhouse to celebrate victories. They memorably partied in the pool at Chase Field after clinching a division title and were criticized for “Mickey Mouse stuff” by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright during a playoff series.That criticism prompted some Dodgers players to flash a mouse ears signal to the dugout after base hits. The Dodgers did not take batting practice on the field before the day game Sunday – sparing everyone from a similar acting out in this case. Some of the Dodgers took to social media Saturday night with ideas for future batting-practice attire, mocking the criticism of Simpson, who came up in the Dodgers’ system and played for them in the mid-1970s.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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