Dodgers violate COVID-19 protocol at World Series

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Dodgers may face ramifications for their actions on Tuesday night at the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The team violated the Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocol.

Justin Turner had a positive coronavirus test. He reportedly tested positive for the virus on Monday.

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hits a home run in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in an 8-7 loss
Justin Turner hits a home run in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in an 8-7 loss (Photo by the Los Angeles Dodgers/Instagram)

Then, the lab in Utah began to expedite his test from Tuesday, which also confirmed a positive test.

“Thanks to everyone reaching out!,” Turner said on Twitter. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps”

He was removed from the Dodgers lineup late in the game. However, after the Dodgers won the World Series, Turner violated the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Turner should have been sent home, or at least to the team’s hotel. Instead, he was still at the stadium and eventually went back onto the field.

At some times, when he was on the field, he wore a mask. But other times, including when he was around his teammates, he did not have a mask on.

Nobody stopped Turner from celebrating his first Championship in his career. He was even on the field at the same time as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

“It’s a bittersweet night for us,” Manfred said during a postgame interview on FOX. “We’re glad to be done. I do think it’s a great accomplishment for our players to get this season completed. But obviously we’re concerned when any of our players test positive. We learned during the game that Justin was positive.”

There is no indication at this time that Turner has had a false positive when two separate teams have come back positive.

When MLB announced their new COVID 19 protocols in August following outbreaks with the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, the protocols said that anyone ‘flagrantly violating these protocols’ could be ‘banned from further participation in the 2020 season following a written warning.

Turner is a free agent at the end of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if Turner is punished by MLB for his blatant violation of the COVID-19 protocols following his positive test.

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