The weight that was lifted off of the shoulders of Dodgers fans waiting for a World Series title for 32 years was something special last night. Unfortunately, that special moment didn’t come without its complications and controversies. All of it was very fitting for the 2020 season.
Justin Turner was removed in the 7th inning after his test results came back for COVID-19. It’s unclear why or how he was able to play in the first place, but that is to be determined. The real question that MLB wants to know is how and why the Dodgers third baseman was able to go onto the field and celebrate with his teammates.
MLB announced today that they were launching an investigation into Justin Turner and his actions. In their statement, the league said that their security team tried to stop Justin from celebrating with the Dodgers on the field, but that he “refused” to comply with their requests.
In response to inquiries, Major League Baseball issued the following statement today regarding the circumstances involving Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner:
“Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game. Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him. However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.
“The Commissioner’s Office is beginning a full investigation into this matter and will consult with the Players Association within the parameters of the joint 2020 Operations Manual.
“Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers’ traveling party. Both the Rays and Dodgers were tested again today and their travel back to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the appropriate authorities.”
As a result, the league will take a look at the entire issue. It’s unclear what the punishment would look like since Turner is soon to be a free agent and no longer a part of the Dodgers officially. Both teams and traveling parties were tested multiple times between last night and this morning, with no players testing positive. One Rays family member did test positive, though they have not confirmed if that was related.
A bitter ending to what was otherwise an incredible night for Dodgers fans. Was it irresponsible? Yes. But the league will do their investigation and decided where to go from here. Regardless, congrats to all of you fans, who have waited so long for this World Series to come.