Justin Turner’s postgame actions following the World Series are going to be talked about for a long time. It’s unfortunate, but the Dodgers third baseman brought plenty of controversy after going onto the field with a positive COVID-19 test result.
Turner’s actions have brought a mixed bag of emotions from players willing to speak about it. Dodgers’ teammates Walker Buehler and Joe Kelly both made their opinions known, with Kelly blasting the league. And now, other players from around MLB are starting to speak out.
Free-agent pitcher Trevor Bauer went off on social media just hours after the league released their statement on the matter. MLB insisted that there would be a full investigation of the Dodgers’ third baseman in a press release last week. As usual, Bauer had plenty to say.
Typical MLB here. A problem exists. Blame the players. Take no responsibility. Take note of public perception. Launch a partisan investigation to appease the public. Has anyone bothered to consider how a player who was supposed to be protected by the “bubble” protocol supposedly contracted the virus? First thing wrong here: as I’ve noted before, the bubble protocol was…porous, to put it kindly. Second problem here, why are a players medical results being broadcast to the world?…being asked not to celebrate winning “a piece of metal” with your teammates, who you’ve already sat next to that day in the locker room, showered with, high-fived in the dugout, etc. is RIDICULOUS.
I would encourage you to read Bauer’s entire Twitter thread to get a full understanding of his argument. In his mind, the Dodgers weren’t entirely to blame for the issue. The league did not do their part in maintaining the health and safety of the players and their families. Whether that is the case remains up for debate, and I am sure much more will follow with the investigation.
The Dodgers as an organization have yet to make any sort of comment on the investigation following the World Series. Individual players have obviously voiced their opinions in a few interviews.
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