Scott Kaplan of 710 ESPN in Los Angeles joined Wilson & Parcell following the 2020 World Series.
In six games, the Dodgers beat the Rays for their seventh World Series Championship and first since 1988.
Nick started off the interview asking about the significance of this win for Clayton Kershaw and Dave Roberts, and Kaplan emphatically said the win was a bigger deal for Kershaw.
Kaplan went on to discuss the growing presence of analytics in baseball, and faulted the Rays organization, not Manager Kevin Cash, with the decision to pull starting pitcher Blake Snell.
Pointing to Justin Turner’s positive COVID test mid-game, Kaplan speculated how MLB would’ve approached a hypothetical Game 7 if the Rays had won Tuesday night.
Josh took the opportunity to ask if Turner should face punishment for celebrating on the field. Kaplan again blamed the organization, saying the Dodgers are responsible for Turner’s presence during team celebrations.
Kaplan closed with his thoughts on Mookie Betts, crediting him with making the Dodgers “fun and exciting” during the 2020 season.