The 2020 baseball season is officially complete, and it’s amazing that the league got through the year. COVID was running rampant through many clubhouses for a majority of the season, but officials were successful at stopping the spread, well until the 8th inning of the World Series.
The World Series was a great matchup, but in the end the big market Los Angeles Dodgers got the best of the Tampa Bay Rays four games to two. Rays skipper Kevin Cash is under fire about his decision to pull Blake Snell in the 6th with 1 out and 1 man on first.
Snell was dealing all night, but Cash didn’t trust him to see the potent Dodgers lineup for a 3rd time. Cash pulled Snell, and the rest was history. The Dodgers are the 2020 World Champions, but the celebration on Tuesday night was dampened by the Justin Turner ‘COVID scandal.’
Turner Breaks Out Of COVID Isolation
Justin Turner was taken out of Game 6 of the World Series for testing positive for COVID-19. The test was taken at an earlier date and came back positive mid-game. The league called the Dodgers, and Turner was pulled in the 8th. MLB Security asked him to go isolate and he did, until the final out of Game 6. Turner rushed back on the field to celebrate with teammates in what he deemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This is Turner’s first World Series title after revitalizing his career in LA in 2014 following 5 seasons with the Orioles and Mets. The Dodgers have suffered heartbreak the past four years, and Turner wasn’t going to let the league tell him that he couldn’t celebrate with his teammates. Turner returned to the field to hoist the trophy and take pictures with his team.
Rob Manfred is investigating Turner for his Game 6 actions, but what is there to investigate? Turner must’ve complied with the bubble regulations, he still got COVID, and he celebrated. His entire team didn’t have a problem with his diagnosis, and encouraged Turner to join them in the postgame celebration. It will be interesting to see if the MLB takes any actions against Turner moving forward.
Kershaw Gets His First Ring
All fans heard throughout the postseason is that Clayton Kershaw can’t pitch in the playoffs. The left-hander finally proved the critics wrong in his two starts in the 2020 World Series. Kershaw is the greatest pitcher of this generation and it’s awesome to see him win a title. Whether you like the Dodgers or not, you couldn’t help but smile watching Kershaw run in from the bullpen after his team sealed the deal.
To everyone who thinks that Kershaw cannot pitch in the playoffs, think again. There will obviously still be Kershaw haters and that’s okay because he left his mark this season and I don’t think he’s done earning rings in LA just yet.
On To 2021
I’m sure a few Dodgers will contract COVID because of Turner’s positive test, but other than that storyline we’re onto 2021. It’s never too early to start thinking about baseball. Spring Training is only four short months away.
The only future bet available right now is “Who will Win the 2021 Fall Classic?” The Dodgers are the favorite at +400 with the Yankees 2nd (+550) and the Braves 3rd (+950). My first impression for 2021 is to pick the Dodgers, but only time will tell.
Los Angeles will be in the playoffs again. Their lineup and pitching unit is stacked, and they aren’t losing a whole lot of talent to free agency. This may have been the first Dodgers title since 1988, but I know it won’t be their last pennant of the decade.