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MLB Has No Right To Suspend Or Fine Justin Turner

Looking at MLB’s statement on Justin Turner going on the field to celebrate the World Series, it seems like it’s primed to suspend or fine him. Well, based on their previous inactions, MLB has no right to single out Turner here.

The first known break from COVID19 protocols was Carlos Correa. After Joe Kelly threw up and him to him, Correa started a benches clearing incident. The entire altercation was in violation of MLB protocols, and yet Correa was not fined or suspended for his actions.

Perhaps the most egregious example was Don Mattingly and the Miami Marlins. Miami was a hot spot for the pandemic, and the Marlins knew they had teammates test positive. Rather than follow protocols, they held a team vote and decided to play. This shut down the Marlins and Phillies season for a week, and it was nearly catastrophic to the ability to have this truncated 2020 season.

Neither Mattingly nor the players were fined or suspended for their actions.

You can go further than this. The players didn’t wear masks or maintain social distancing in the dugouts. They threw the ball around the horn. Not everyone adhered to the COVID19 protocols. Essentially, following the season, the protocols were merely weak suggestions.

That was readily apparent when Turner was allowed to play in Game 6 of the World Series despite his first having an inconclusive test. Then, after there was a positive test result discovered in the second inning, Turner was allowed to play through the seventh.

That makes no mention of the fact COVID19 test results are supposed to be anonymous. Despite that, it was widely and immediately published Turner had tested positive.

Now, despite MLB not enforcing any protocols and their failing to take any action on the most egregious of violations, they’re going to throw the book at Turner? The very same Turner they let play in the game and enter the ballpark against their own protocols?

That’s completely and utterly ridiculous and purely reactionary. No, MLB lost the opportunity and the right to penalize Turner when they looked the way on each and every violation which happened during the course of the season.

22 thoughts on “MLB Has No Right To Suspend Or Fine Justin Turner”

  1. LongTimeFan1 says:

    Please stop making up stuff. Turner was taken out of the game when they found out he tested positive. They did not play him knowing he was positive.

    Furthermore, there’s no valid argument to make that two wrongs make a right and Turner shouldn’t be punished because major league baseball didn’t do everything perfectly.

    Turner knew he tested positive for a deadly disease and nonetheless opted to inject himself into the celebration and expose everyone he was near to possible serious illness or death.

    The appropriate solution is to make it a felony for knowingly participating in a group while infected. Almost 230,000 Americans dead. Enough is enough.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      Thank you. MD sounded like a lawyer in Toddler Court.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      First off, under protocols, with an inconclusive test, Turner was not permitted to play.

      Second, they knew in the second inning he was positive, and they still waited until the eighth to remove him from the game.

      Just because you don’t like the facts doesn’t mean they’re made up. Moreover, he did nothing different than the Marlins, and they faced no penalties.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    MLB said Turner was ordered to stay in isolation in the clubhouse, refused to comply, went on the field and sat with a mask next to Dave Roberts, a cancer survivor.

    MD wants to get him off on some bizzaro world technicality. The fact is, this is the behavior that sets punishment precedents.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2020/10/28/justin-turner-covid-19-dodgers-world-series-rob-manfred/6056282002/

    1. metsdaddy says:

      MLB set a precedent when they didn’t penalize the Marlins.

      1. oldbackstop says:

        No. They didn’t The pandemic and rules were evolving. They made a judgement call. They have every “right” to punish and ahole that was told to stay isolated in the clubhouse but instead, immediately, broke that rule defiantly and went out to become the face of pandemic idiocy in a historic photo.

        Jesus. What’s wrong with you?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Even taking your false assertion the rules were evolving at face value, they made the affirmative decision playing while knowingly infected doesn’t merit a penalty

  3. LongTimeFan1 says:

    MetsDaddy is playing the tit for tat playbook even in matters with life and death consequences. Turner even showed no respect for the health of his wife as he stood right next to her with no mask posing for the cameras. There’s something wrong with him, so selfish even with his family. What a prick.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Go ahead and explain why what the Marlins did was acceptable but what Turner did wasn’t.

      I’m all ears.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You have proven to be an utterly lost ship adrift in anything on morals or finances. It usually is one or the other. I hope you have a third skill like diaper changing.

  4. LongTimeFan1 says:

    His teammates should be furious. The entire Dodgers organization should be.

    I think Turner and future violators of MLB Covid isolation protocols, should be as steep, if not steeper than failing drug and performance enhancement, domestic violence protocols.

    In fact, suspend him without pay for the entire 2021 season, just like those who were suspended for the Astros cheating scandal.

    Have to even question whether the Dodgers should ever let him play again for them. He violated such a sacred trust – the health and safety of everyone he came in contact with.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Calling out Turner is a separate and distinct discussion than what MLB has allowed.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        So, the MetsDummy logic here is that Turner and all future morons who do moronic things that threaten the safety of their teammates and the very ability of the season to continue, must not be disciplined, because early on someone else wasn’t, so therefore he shouldn’t, and no one else should, ever.

        Now, remember, Covid is so horrible and deadly that when Stroman bailed out on his teammates and went home, MD wrote a loving ballad about his bravery.

        1. Mets Daddy says:

          When you failed to fine or suspend everyone who violated protocols during the course of the season, you lose the right to do it now.

          That goes double when you violate your own protocols by letting him play and leaving him on the field.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            What right are you talking about? What protocols? You are living in a toddlers world.

          2. Mets Daddy says:

            As usual, I’m correct in everything I assert because I use supported facts

          3. Oldbackstop says:

            So, protocols weren’t malleable and evolved during the year? And has any one individual done anything 1 one hundredth of a paercent as moronic as running out with a mask onto the biggest photo op in baseball? You punish a team mid year, you blow up the season. You fail to punish one MORON for running out like a mad dog minutes after he is tested positive, you erase all integrity that baseball cares about safety.

            Is this like an Onion article?

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      If my father was cancer survivor Dave Roberts, and Typhoid Turner had plomped himself down next to him and taken off his mask to display his ginger leer, I’d be wearing his teeth in a necklace around my neck.

      Still confused, MD?

  5. Oldbackstop says:

    MLB’s statement:

    “Following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,” MLB said in a statement released Wednesday. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”

    I would have no problem with a lifetime ban for Typhoid Turner.

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      As long as you do the same for the Marlins and Astros

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Because of TODDLER JUSTICE!!!!!

        When important laws keep getting broken, the penalties rise to deter them. That is 5 thousand years of civilization. Except in this blog, where it is jasmin scented with pastel colors, and cocaine is still available over the counter, like in the Coca Cola days….

        1. Mets Daddy says:

          You’re right. It’s like how they used to chop your hand off for stealing and now you’re just killed on the spot.

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