Justin Turner won’t be disciplined by Major League Baseball for playing last week to celebrate the World Series championship with teammates in the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for COVID-19.
The third fisherman was scrapped after seven turns of Game 6 against Tampa Bay on October 27 after MLB informed the Dodgers of the test results, which were received in the sixth inning. He returned to the pitch after Los Angeles won 3-1 to win the title, removed his mask and posed with his teammates.
“Our investigation revealed additional relevant information, which, while not disclosing Mr. Turner for his conduct, helped put into context why he chose to leave the quarantine room and back to the field, ”baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday. “First of all, Mr. Turner team-mates actively encouraged him to leave the quarantine room and return to the field to take pictures. Many teammates felt they had come in contact with Mr. Turner and were ready to take the additional risk.
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“Second, Mr. Turner believes he has received permission from at least one Dodgers employee to return to the scene to take part in the photo shoot. Although Mr. Turner̵7;s beliefs may be the product of misinformation, at least two Dodgers staff said nothing to Mr. Turner as he approached the pitch, which they admit may have made the mark. image that his behavior is acceptable.
“Third, in a somewhat chaotic situation on the pitch, Mr. Turner was incorrectly told by someone of an unknown identity that the other players were positive, creating the impression in Turner’s mind that he is isolated. Ultimately, Major League Baseball was able to handle the situation more effectively. For example, in retrospect, a security officer should have been assigned to monitor Mr. Turner when he was quarantined, and Mr. Turner should have been transported from the stadium to the hotel more in time. ”
Manfred said he spoke to Turner and “I ended up welcoming Justin for taking responsibility, apologizing and pledging to set a positive example in the future.”
Turner said he watched the last two innings with his wife Kourtney at the club’s in-house doctor clinic and he thinks Dodgers officials are not opposed to him returning to the field. He also said that when he returned to the field, he thought there would be few people there and his plan was to take a quick photo with his wife.
“However, what was intended to be a photo of the two of us turned into some greetings and shots where I quickly and carefully removed my mask,” Turner said in a statement. Father. “In hindsight, I should have waited until the field was empty of someone else to take that picture with my wife. I sincerely apologize to everyone on the pitch for not assessing the risks of returning to the field. I have spoken to almost every teammate, coach and staff member, and it is my intention never to upset anyone or expose anyone to additional risks.
Turner, turned 36 on November 23, became a freelance agent after completing a four-year contract worth $ 64 million. This is the seventh season with the Dodgers, who have won their first trophy since 1988, and a redheaded, bearded third is a key ingredient.
“No player has been more instrumental in allowing the Dodgers to get past the adversity caused by the pandemic than Justin Turner, as he sets an example for his teammates and advocates advanced safety measures beyond love. tournament, ”Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Justin’s leadership plays a key role in helping the Dodgers safely finish the entire season.”
Turner became the first MLB player to test positive in 59 days. The Dodgers experienced the Series Division, League Championship Series and World Series at Four Seasons Dallas in Las Colinas as part of the post-season bubble environment, and MLB did not explain the factors surrounding the positive test.
Although the events after the end of the World Series are unfortunate, there is no question of who Justin Turner is, and what he means to his teammates, the Dodger organization and the City of Los. Angeles, ”said Kasten.
Manfred said MLB is supplying its COVID-19 test lab during the season to out-of-service areas in communities where major federated teams are located.