Dodgers: MLB has a lot of explaining to do after Justin Turner positive COVID-19 test

Thomas Carannante
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Justin Turner assured fans he was OK after the Dodgers won the World Series, but Major League Baseball should be in hot water.

Of course the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t enjoy their first World Series win in 32 years without some sort of monumental distraction that will take away from the accomplishment.

Justin Turner was removed during the ninth inning of Game 6 on Tuesday night, which ended up being the clincher for LA. We weren’t sure why at first, but shortly after it was reported Turner had tested positive for COVID-19 after the results from his pregame test were revealed.

Wait a minute. Why was he even in the game if he hadn’t received the results … especially after his test from Monday had come back inconclusive?

Now it makes sense why Rob Manfred was slurring his words after the game when presenting Corey Seager with the MVP award. Perhaps he cracked open the bourbon once he learned of the situation, because this is a terrible look for Major League Baseball. We’d love an explanation, but you know we’re not going to get one. Why? We’ll get to that in a moment.

The good news is that Turner is feeling OK and tweeted to his fans after the game.

We could’ve told you that moments later, however, because Turner was on the field celebrating with his teammates and holding the Commissioner’s Trophy. How is this allowed?

Our hearts should be broken because Turner is celebrating on the field with his teammates despite the fact he’s tested positive for COVID-19? We’re not following.

Wait! It gets better. He took a picture sitting next to manager Dave Roberts, who is a cancer survivor, without a mask on. We get that the Dodgers just won a title and wanted to take a team picture, but maybe don’t seat him next to an at-risk candidate like that? I mean, look at Andrew Friedman on the right trying to keep his distance. That hunk of metal isn’t going to save you!

AND THEN HE KISSED HIS GIRLFRIEND. ON LIVE TELEVISION.

Utterly absurd, no matter which way you look at it. But it’s no surprise because MLB’s last order of business before starting the 2020 season was establishing safety protocols, which clearly weren’t effective at the onset since outbreaks on the Marlins and Cardinals put the year in jeopardy for longer than we would have liked. Why worry about keeping everyone in line with a set of precautions to preserve health and keep the campaign on track? It’s better to focus on trying not to pay the players 100% of their prorated salaries. Priorities.

Though MLB hadn’t had a positive COVID-19 test in months, that streak was just erased and stomped into the ground by the series of events we just witnessed on Tuesday night. Hopefully Manfred isn’t too hungover to explain himself tomorrow.

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