Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, found himself trending last night on social media after he forgot a pitching rule in the closing moments of the Dodgers loss to the New York Mets, 9-4.
Roberts tried bringing in a position player to pitch the ninth inning but major league baseball rules prohibit using a position player to pitch with a deficit of five runs or fewer.
Umpires were late to make the correction, and a delayed followed as both fans and TV audiences were prepared to move on with their Saturday night.
And that frustration was aimed at Roberts as he found himself trending on social media well into Sunday morning.
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Honestly. Were you aware of the #MLB rule prohibiting the use of a position player pitcher with a deficit of 5 runs or fewer, that we saw during the #Dodgers #Mets game last night? #DaveRoberts #dodgersvsmets
— The Frank Torres Report (@ftrtoday) June 5, 2022
And now, lets go to the tweets.
Me watching that Dave Roberts and umps completely botching that play. pic.twitter.com/ing7sSQBgo
— SheaShakes (@KJencius) June 5, 2022
That whole fiasco was bad, but Gary Cohen acting like Dave Roberts murdered a Mets player on the field in broad daylight and wasn't penalized for it was definitely the best part.
— Mark Gooden (@TooGooden17) June 5, 2022
Dave Roberts and all the other Data Applicators are an embarrassment to what used to be Major League Baseball.
— Sal Licata (@sal_licata) June 5, 2022
Dave Roberts is a professional moron.
You have the best lineup in baseball while down 5 and you also don’t know the 6 run rule.
How is this dingbat employed? #LGM
— Carson (@MetsfanOnYT) June 5, 2022
Dave Roberts quitting down five runs and putting a position player out there to pitch is an absolute embarrassment.
— Foil Hot Dog Liners (@jerseypiroz) June 5, 2022
Dave Roberts really deserves shit for this. Dude flat out paused this game for like 15 minutes.
— Ryan Pladino (@pladinosaur) June 5, 2022
Dave Roberts not knowing the rules and the umpires apparently not knowing them either is embarrassing.
— Jason B (@JasonNYM) June 5, 2022
I learn something new every day…and apparently so does Dave Roberts. Why is this a rule?
I still believe if MLB teams are throwing in the towel by bringing on a position player to pitch, they should just be allowed to actually quit and go home. https://t.co/JQu8l4BNGs
— Dan Kelley (@DanKelley66) June 5, 2022
The fuck up was funny but good lord you’d think Dave Roberts executed a man on live television the way some people are freaking out lmfao
— Eli (@Megamedium455) June 5, 2022
Dodgers game in a delay because Dave Roberts doesn’t know the rules. Plus, why was he punting a game when he was down just five runs? Hardly insurmountable. And now Mets announcers deservedly ripping Roberts and the umps.
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) June 5, 2022
You’ll notice that some fans were also frustrated with commentator Gary Cohen criticizing Roberts as well.
What do you think? Should Roberts know about these things? Did you know about this rule before last night? Let me know in the comments.
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