Stripling'south father thanks Dave Roberts for concern about son

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 2:40 AM

Not that Roberts needed any reassurance about his decision some twelve hours later. He pulled Stripling with a no-hitter in progress during the eighth inning of his major league debut after the right-hander's one-hundredth pitch — a "no-brainer" for Roberts considering the pitcher'south history two years after Tommy John surgery.

Stripling'south father thanks Dave Roberts for concern about son

Ross Stripling'south emotional father sought out Dave Roberts in the hotel lobby Saturday morning and thanked him from the heart.

Not that Roberts needed any reassurance about his decision some twelve hours later.

He pulled Stripling with a no-hitter in progress during the eighth inning of his major league debut after the right-hander's one-hundredth pitch — a "no-brainer" for Roberts considering the pitcher'south history two years after Tommy John surgery.

Stripling went seven one/three innings and the Dodgers wound up losing 3-2 to the San Francisco Giants in the tenth on Brandon Crawford'south home run.

"Honestly, I perceive really excellent about it. I actually perceive even better about it this morning as I wake up," Roberts said, sitting in the dugout on a rainy Saturday. "One of the chilly things I experienced this morning was Ross' dad was down in the lobby today and just sought me out and he came up to me really kind of emotional and just thanked me from him and his wife for looking out for their son. When you've a father and a mother who know their kid'south legend and what he'south endured to obtain here, they enjoyed that moment more than anyone.

"For him to declare thank you for taking care of my son'south future and our family, I'll have him and his wife'south support forever, I felt excellent about it regardless of that but to kind of obtain the parents' stamp of approval is always a good thing."

The 43-year-old Roberts received positive feedback from others in baseball, too, as he made a not-so-tough-as-it-seems choice in Game No. five of his managerial career. One of those supporters was his former manager in the other dugout, Bruce Bochy.

"He'south the best manager in the game and he'south known for managing the pen, so for him maintain my decision that does imply a lot," Roberts said. "Everyone wants the story. I wanted to look him toss a no-hitter, but I think it'south a special moment but we're looking at the long-term, and Ross can assistance us win many more games. If it'd have went S and something would've happened, I never would've been able to live with myself because this is this kid'south livelihood. That'south my job."

Mets manager Terry Collins fully understood Roberts' move.

"It'south this kid'south first start and it'south kind to leave him. I obtain all of that. But all those things are determined before the game starts, 'Hey, look, this is going to be maximum for this guy tonight,'" Collins said. "You thrust him, and as we've seen in the past, the following thing you know he comes up beautiful stiff and you don't have him for the following two times out. I know it'south a tough situation for him."

Stripling surprised even Roberts with just how well the debut went. The pitcher said he was tired and probably visibly so — and, a day later, he still agreed with Roberts' call.

"I saw a Tweet latest night that said I threw one hundred fifty pitches in all of spring or one hundred fifty-eight and that was five outings and I was at one-hundredth latest night," said Stripling, who'd four Cactus League appearances for one hundred forty-five pitches plus a minor league game. "It shows what the reasoning was behind that decision. Obviously, I hadn't been built up to toss that many pitches so it makes sense."

Stripling'south parents, Hayes and Tammy, were on their way back to the Dallas area Saturday.

Stripling returned to the clubhouse to one hundred seventy-four messages Friday night and had already responded to all but forty-nine of them by midmorning Saturday. He received a ball from his first pitch and first strikeout, along with the lineup card.

"I can't even capture up," he said with a smile.

The visiting clubhouse staff had champagne prepared just in case and plans were in the works how to best defend the new carpet replaced after the Dodgers' clinched here latest year and celebrated.

Oh, and Stripling learned a new title Friday night: Bumpus Jones. He'south the latest to pitch a no-hitter in his large league debut — on Oct. fifteen, one thousand eight hundred ninety-two, back when pitchers threw from the 50-foot range, not the current standard of sixty feet, six inches, established the very next year.

"Never heard of that. That'south beautiful funny," Stripling said about Jones' title and history. "Those old-time names are great. Bumpus Jones."

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