As it turns out, Dodgers fans aren’t the only ones fed up with ESPN putting mics on players during games. After Justin Turner was on the broadcast while playing third base on Wednesday night, fans took to social media to voice their frustrations.
They’re not alone, as Dave Roberts expressed similar feelings in his press conference on Thursday afternoon. The Dodgers manager went as far as to say that he would no longer allow his guys to do the interviews while they are on the field during the playoffs. Doc seemed upset that he had been told just one hour before the game that they would be having JT do it.
Personally, I’m not a fan of it. I don’t know the arrangement and I learned late so I don’t know…That’s a decision that Justin made, but I don’t see that happening with our guys going forward. Going forward I don’t want our guys doing that.
Part of the agreement between MLB and the Player’s Union to get games going was that more players would be mic’d up for games. However, it’s unclear whether a team is REQUIRED to do so. Regardless, it sounds like the Dodgers will no longer have their guys doing interviews while they’re on the field.
It does seem like an odd thing to do in the middle of a playoff race. Dodgers players and MLB players in general want to be focused on what’s happening in front of them. Interviewing guys on the bench will likely be the move going forward in Los Angeles.
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