What I am Listening to: Our MLB insider Bob Nightengale breaks down what is subsequent for the Dodgers and Justin Turner after it was once discovered he had a favorable COVID-19 check all through the clinching recreation of the Global Sequence.


Many at the East Coast had already grew to become off their televisions when Fox announcer Kevin Burkhardt knowledgeable audience all through the community’s Global Sequence postgame protection that Los Angeles Dodgers 3rd baseman Justin Turner had examined sure for the coronavirus. 

The Dodgers had clinched the overall out of the 2020 Global Sequence over the Tampa Bay Rays in a Three-1 come-from-behind victory in Sport 6 rarely 15 mins previous. 

The orange-bearded veteran had assumed his same old put up for Sport 6, batting 3rd and taking part in 3rd. However by way of recreation’s finish, he was once in isolation. That did not forestall him from returning to the Globe Existence Box’s diamond to have fun.

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Los Angeles Dodgers 3rd baseman Justin Turner got here out onto the sector to have fun the Global Sequence regardless of being got rid of previous within the recreation on account of a favorable COVID-19 check. (Photograph: Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Here is what we learn about Turner’s sure check, because it opened up in actual time.   

Turner leaves Global Sequence Sport 6 

Primary League Baseball created a cushy bubble for its expanded postseason to fight the threats posed by way of a world pandemic — gamers and quarantined households no longer allowed to depart their resorts, by way of and big, plus day-to-day checking out. Till Tuesday, the method proved a hit; the league hadn’t reported a positive coronavirus test in 58 days, covering the final month of the regular season, too. 

How the virus penetrated MLB’s setup remains unknown. All that has been reported is Turner’s test from Monday came back inconclusive during the second inning Tuesday. MLB instructed the lab it uses in Utah to expedite his Tuesday morning test (saliva), according to ESPN and the Wall Street Journal, which confirmed a positive. 

By that point, Turner had taken his position at third base for the seventh inning. When the eighth began, Edwin Rios took his place, recording a putout, and Kiké Hernandez batted in Turner’s place in the bottom half. 

Dodgers win 2020 World Series

Around 11:36 p.m. ET, the Dodgers won their first title in 32 years. Turner, who had been a part of six straight postseason heartbreaks with the Dodgers since 2014, wasn’t on the field.  

Fox says Turner has coronavirus

By 11:50 p.m., Burkhardt — set to host Fox’s post-game coverage with analysts David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas — explained Turner left the game because he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Turner tweets about positive test

As the Dodgers continued hugging one another and smiling, Turner tapped out a tweet from his apparent isolation at 12:28 a.m. (He was not made available to reporters for comment.)

“Thanks to everyone reaching out! 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.” 

Turner returns to box for birthday party 

Not up to 20 mins later, Fox cameras confirmed Turner had returned to the sector to enroll in the staff image in entrance of the championship trophy. Turner sat subsequent to supervisor Dave Roberts, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, and got rid of his masks, even hugging some teammates.

“All I do know is I needed to take him out of the sport within the 7th inning, which was once loopy,” Roberts informed Burkhardt in an interview. “And he examined sure. … He was once within the staff image. I did not contact him, simply because I did not know. It was once actually loopy and I used to be actually upset that, clearly with that, he could not be out right here to have fun with us.”

Turner ignores MLB’s isolation request

In line with The Athletic, MLB safety team of workers and a few Dodgers officers requested Turner to stay remoted, whilst different membership officers supported Turner’s want to enroll in the birthday party. There was once little social distancing all through his time at the box, even though Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman informed journalists Turner stayed clear of the ones he hadn’t already had shut touch with: “I don’t believe there was once any person that was once going to forestall him from going out (to the sector),” Friedman mentioned in a video name with journalists. 

He additionally had the beef up of teammates Mookie Betts and Corey Seager, who mentioned: “That guy, greater than any one, merits to take an image with that trophy, have fun with us, have his circle of relatives round and revel in this second. That were given taken clear of him, and that’s simply no longer proper. That doesn’t take a seat smartly with me.”

Dodgers, households most probably must go checks

What is subsequent for Turner and the remainder of the Dodgers? Friedman expects the ones within the Dodgers’ quarantine workforce must stay in Texas and go an undetermined collection of checks ahead of departing the sequester. 

“The truth that we had been all in a bubble in combination signifies that from a contact-tracing perspective, we’re all in that internet,” Friedman mentioned. “Now it’s necessary that all of us check damaging alternatively time and again or regardless of the protocols are to be sure that we don’t pass out and probably unfold it to folks.” 

Dodgers will have fun ‘at later date’

The Dodgers, in a commentary that introduced no replace on Turner or the result of Wednesday’s checks for different participants of the staff, mentioned they plan on having a grand birthday party with “the most efficient fanatics in baseball” when it’s “secure to take action.” 

MLB: Turner ‘refused to conform’

Whilst commissioner Rob Manfred would most effective verify Tuesday evening that Turner had examined sure, MLB issued a proper commentary Wednesday afternoon to deal with the subject.

“Following the Dodgers’ victory, it’s transparent that Turner selected to omit the agreed-upon joint protocols and the directions he was once given in regards to the protection and coverage of others,” the commentary mentioned.

“Whilst a want to have fun is comprehensible, Turner’s choice to depart isolation and input the sector was once incorrect and put everybody he got here involved with in danger. When MLB safety raised the subject of being at the box with Turner, he emphatically refused to conform.”

The Commissioner’s Place of job says it’s “starting a complete investigation” into the instances surrounding Turner and his movements.

Observe Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca


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