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Rookie Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sets his eyes on the 2016 World Series




File: Dave Roberts laughs during a press conference to introduce him as the new Los Angeles Dodgers Manager at Dodger Stadium on Dec. 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.
File: Dave Roberts laughs during a press conference to introduce him as the new Los Angeles Dodgers Manager at Dodger Stadium on Dec. 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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The Dodgers open their 2016 season Monday in San Diego against the Padres.

While they've won their division the last three years, the playoffs have not been kind to them. Their World Series drought stands at 27 years. 

The team went through some changes during the off-season, but none bigger than at the top. With only one game of experience under his belt, Dave Roberts was hired as the new team manager. 

It was a notable hire for the team that broke baseball's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the major league. Roberts is now the first African-American manager in the franchise's history.

He was also a former Dodgers outfielder from 2002 to 2004. That's when Take Two's A Martinez was traveling with the team doing Dodger Talk.

A caught up with Roberts while he was still in Arizona for Spring Training and talked to him about the new gig.

Interview highlights:

On being the Dodgers' first African-American manager:

"It means a lot for me to be named the first African-American manager. My mom is Japanese, my father African-American. It's a responsibility. It's something that I don't think about too often because I try to approach every day to teach and get guys better. And for me, I definitely don't look at myself in that capacity, but I think people outside of my immediate family might."

On being a past Dodgers player:

"The Dodger way and the certain style of play and the way that Dodgers in years past carried themselves on the field, off the field. When you put this Dodger uniform, that says a lot. That says a lot to the people that wore it and as opponents when they come into Dodger stadium or when they're playing against the Dodgers — teams find a way to bring out their best. It brings out the best in opponents." 

On the Dodgers' lack of championships:

"You look at the last three years, and the goal is to win the division and they've done that. They've done a lot of good things. And once you get to the post season there's a lot of different variables and also, luck plays into it a little bit. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to get this team and this organization and for the fans to get back to the World Series, let alone win another world championship... So for me, in 2016, we're going to do everything we can to win the division and win the World Series."

The Los Angeles Dodgers home opener is Tuesday, April 12.

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.