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Dodgers: Justin Turner Wins One-Game Suspension Appeal

JT will not be suspended after all.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 26: Manager Dave Roberts and Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues with umpire Rob Drake #30 after striking out while looking to end the game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 26, 2019 in San Diego, California. The San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, star third baseman Justin Turner has won his appeal of his one-game suspension for making contact with an umpire in late August. Gurnick also notes that Turner will still be receiving a fine for the incident.

Dave Roberts’ Reaction

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had some things to say when the incident initially occurred:

“I was a little taken aback. Justin’s track record speaks for itself. As far as I saw it, the contact was initiated by Rob walking to the umpire’s room.”

When Roberts was asked about whether or not he would be contacting former Dodgers manager and MLB head Joe Torre, he responded with this:\

“I do think a players character and track record should matter.”

Justin Turner’s Character

Turner, 34, is simply not the player to engage in those type of extracurricular activities. While he is one to argue and complain over balls and strikes with frequency, there was no intent to engage in making contact with home plate umpire Rob Drake.

Turner has continued to defy the odds as the 34-year-old third baseman is slashing .291/.370/.514 with 27 home runs and 67 runs batted in in what has been a very healthy season for him. 2020 is the last year of Turner being under contract so it might be a safe bet for repeat production next season as well.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Turner clearly cut that umpire off and had no business not allowing him to go to the clubhouse. He routinely argues pitches that are shown as strikes on the tv tracking. Usually the announcers confirm the pitch location as a strike.
    Turner’s attitude makes him look like a little bitch

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