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- The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series.
- David Samson, the former Miami Marlins president, told “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on Wednesday that MLB would “do anything they can” to have the Dodgers win the series.
- Many might assume MLB would prefer the Dodgers to advance to the World Series based on their history and the size of the television market.
- It is unclear whether the comment was made in jest, and Samson never clarified or explained how he thought the league would attempt to influence the series.
MLB’s league championship series are now set, and according to one former executive, the league has a strong preference for the winner of the National League Championship Series and might even act on it.
David Samson, the former Miami Marlins president, was a guest on ESPN Radio’s and 790 AM The Ticket’s “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on Wednesday when he made an eyebrow-raising assessment of what could happen in the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers:
Le Batard: “Give us something about the postseason that you can say right now that people aren’t thinking about enough or aren’t hearing elsewhere. Because you are an executive, or a former executive, who doesn’t mind speaking the truth. So give us something the people won’t hear elsewhere.”
Samson: “MLB is going to do anything they can to have the Dodgers beat the Brewers.”
Not surprisingly, the answer stunned Le Batard and company. But they let Samson go without asking him any follow-ups about how he thought this might happen or whether he was joking.
It’s worth noting that Le Batard framed the request around the idea that Sampson “doesn’t mind speaking the truth.” Le Batard later suggested that the comment was probably a mistake.
“That’s good, let him go,” Le Batard said. “Let him go. That’s fine. We’ll talk to him next week. He knows he shouldn’t have said that.”
It’s easy to see why some might think MLB would want the Dodgers in the World Series, considering the history of the franchise and the size of the television market. But saying the league might act on that preference is a pretty bold accusation, even if done in jest.
You can hear Samson’s comments below, via ESPN’s “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.”