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Kevin Cash stands by decision that cost Rays World Series in Game 6

Kevin Cash

Kevin Cash is standing by his decision to pull Blake Snell from Game 6 of the World Series last month.

Cash pulled Snell with two outs in the sixth inning of Game 6 with his Tampa Bay Rays leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. Snell was pulled despite throwing a shutout and only having allowed two hits to that point. The move backfired, as the Dodgers quickly took a 2-1 lead and won 3-1.

The Dodgers admitted after the game that the pitching change gave them fresh motivation.

Even though the decision worked out terribly, Cash says he would do it again.

“I would make the same decision again,” Cash said during an interview with ESPN’s John Buccigross on “SportsCenter” Tuesday. “Just hope for a much better outcome. And that’s being so respectful of everybody’s opinion that’s out there. But that’s what we do. We pride ourselves on getting the most favorable matchups possible, and in that moment thought that was the best matchup. They don’t always work, and certainly that one didn’t, but I think we have to stick to our thoughts, the information that is provided, and do what is best to help the team win.”

Buccigross pressed Cash on whether the decision was influenced by Tampa Bay’s front office, since the manager said “we” multiple times in his answer.

Cash said they “collaborate and discuss and communicate on a daily basis” but that the front office does not tell him how to do everything.

The Rays have a process and plan and tend to stick with it. Their plan did not seem to take into account the emotional lift and momentum change such a decision would result in. Most people watching could tell you that removing Snell in that situation was a bad choice. The results seem to prove that.

MLB to investigate Justin Turner for refusing to isolate after positive coronavirus test

Justin Turner

Major League Baseball is blaming Justin Turner for the fact that he celebrated on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series.

Turner was removed from Game 6 after seven innings upon MLB’s receipt of his positive COVID-19 test. Despite this, he was seen on the field celebrating with teammates after the game ended.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the league made clear that Turner ignored orders to refrain from going on the field. MLB promised a “full investigation” and blamed Turner for putting “everyone he came in contact with at risk.”

It’s clear that MLB isn’t happy with what transpired. Turner celebrating on the field after testing positive led to criticism.

It’s not clear if Turner will be punished, though, or how he even can be.

Kevin Cash tries to explain why he removed Blake Snell

Kevin Cash

Kevin Cash made one of the most baffling decisions in World Series history when he pulled Blake Snell in the sixth inning of Game 6, and the Tampa Bay Rays manager had better get used to answering questions about it.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were dominated by Snell, who had arguably his best stuff of the season. The left-hander allowed just one hit through five innings and struck out nine. With the Rays leading 1-0 and one out in the sixth, Snell allowed a base hit to Austin Barnes. Cash came out of the dugout without hesitation and pulled his starter, who understandably looked disgusted.

Cash was asked about the decision after the game and called it “gut-wrenching.” He also stood by the move and said the Dodgers have such a good lineup that he didn’t want Snell having to face their hitters a third time.

“I’m OK with the decision,” Cash said. “I think that’s what makes us special is we rely on each other and we value information. Knowing how talented the Dodgers’ lineup is, to avoid any pitcher from seeing them three times through makes a lot of sense.”

Cash specifically said he didn’t want Snell to have to face Mookie Betts and Corey Seager a third time. Both were 0-2 against Snell with two strikeouts.

Nick Anderson entered the game with a 1-0 lead and a runner on first. He allowed a double to Betts. Then Barnes scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead on a Seager fielder’s choice.

While Cash insists he is comfortable with the decision to pull Snell, even his own players openly disagreed with it. Rays centerfielder Kevin Kermaier said he doesn’t care about numbers and “that was Blake’s game.”

Cash will have to live with the choice, but there’s no question it was the wrong one. He made a similar move when he pulled Snell early in the ALCS, and that also resulted in a Tampa Bay loss. The way Dodgers players reacted to Snell getting the hook said it all.

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Dodgers were thrilled when Blake Snell was pulled from game

Blake Snell

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ reactions to Blake Snell being removed from Game 6 of the World Series tell you all you need to know about Kevin Cash’s mistake.

The Tampa Bay Rays manager pulled Snell from a 2-hit shutout in the sixth inning all because he allowed a hit to Austin Barnes. The move was one of the worst decisions in World Series history.

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger said he was “shocked” by the move. He also chuckled about it during his postgame interview with FOX.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was happy.

Mookie Betts, who was due to face Snell next, said he felt he could breathe again and was relieved.

“I think at that point I was like, ‘I got a chance.’ Snell was rolling. He was tough,” Betts told FOX.

Betts ended up doubling off Nick Anderson. The team scored on a wild pitch and then a fielder’s choice to take a 2-1 lead in the game. They won 3-1 to clinch the championship.

Tampa Bay lost all the momentum and never recovered from the mistake, much like what happened in last year’s World Series.

Cash’s blunder cannot possibly be understated. What was he thinking?

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Justin Turner joins Dodgers for team photo after winning World Series despite positive test

Justin Turner celebration

Justin Turner was able to celebrate with his teammates after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday night despite his positive COVID-19 test.

Turner was removed from the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 before the eighth inning after it was learned he had tested positive for COVID-19. Many thought that meant he would miss the team’s championship celebration, but the Dodgers third baseman found a way to join his team.

Turner got a chance to hold the World Series trophy.

He even joined the team for the team photo.

Dodgers players are expected to receive rapid PCR tests upon returning to their team hotel.

The Dodgers captured their first World Series since 1988. Corey Seager was named World Series MVP.

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Dodgers given rapid COVID-19 tests after championship celebration

Dodgers celebrate

The Los Angeles Dodgers were not able to fully enjoy their championship on Tuesday night because of a scare involving Justin Turner.

Turner was removed before the eighth inning of Game 6 of the World Series because of a positive COVID-19 test. MLB had gone two months without a positive test until Turner’s, which put a damper on the celebration.

Not only were players concerned for Turner, but they also had to worry about whether they might be spreading COVID-19 after being in close contact with their teammate.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Dodgers players were set to receive rapid PCR tests upon returning to their hotels on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 and turned around the game following a bonehead decision by Rays manager Kevin Cash. The World Series win marked the first for the Dodgers since 1988. Despite Turner’s positive test, the result was particularly sweet after the team lost the World Series in consecutive years before breaking through this year.

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This is how Justin Turner played in Game 6 despite positive COVID-19 test

Justin Turner

Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series after seven innings on Tuesday night, and the world found out the shocking reason why: Turner tested positive for COVID-19.

Turner started and began the game for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the No. 3 hitter and third baseman. But he was pulled before the start of the eighth, with Enrique Hernandez going to second, Chris Taylor moving to left, and Edwin Rios playing third.

There was no explanation for why Turner was removed until after the Dodgers won the World Series 3-1.

During FOX’s postgame show, host Kevin Burkhardt disclosed that Turner was removed from the game due to a positive COVID-19 test.

So why was he allowed to play in the game if he had COVID-19? ESPN’s Jeff Passan explained what happened.

According to Passan, Turner’s test on Monday came back inconclusive. Turner’s Tuesday test had just arrived at the lab, was tested, and showed up positive. The news was shared with the proper MLB channels, which led to Turner being pulled from the game.

Players have been living in a “bubble” type situation during the playoffs and have been able to avoid contracting COVID-19. The Dodgers have been in Arlington, Texas since the NLCS. MLB decided to limit travel in the postseason and went almost two months without a positive test prior to Turner’s result.

“It’s a bittersweet night for us,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a postgame interview on FOX. “Obviously we’re concerned when any of our players test positive. We learned during the game that Justin (Turner) was positive. He was immediately isolated to prevent the spread.”

Turner went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being removed. He had hits in the first four games of the series and homered in Games 3 and 4.

Austin Barnes pockets ball after Dodgers win World Series

Austin Barnes World Series ball

One of the big questions after a team wins the World Series is: what happened to the ball from the final out?

Well, in 2020 we know where it went.

Austin Barnes was the catcher for the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night when the team clinched the championship with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He caught Julio Urias’ final pitch, which froze Willie Adames looking for a strikeout to end the game.

Barnes was seen putting the ball in his back pocket.

That answers one question.

Barnes went 1-for-3 in the game. He delivered the hit that knocked Blake Snell out of the game and scored the tying run.

Now let’s find out whether Barnes pulls an Anthony Rizzo with the ball.

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MLB pitchers react to Kevin Cash’s terrible decision to pull Blake Snell

Blake Snell

Kevin Cash’s horrendous decision to pull Blake Snell from Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night is going to be talked about for years to come. Those watching the game could not believe the Tampa Bay Rays manager’s decision to yank his ace in the middle of a gem while up 1-0 on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Several MLB pitchers weighed in on Twitter about the decision and expressed their shock and dismay over the move. Here are tweets from pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Taijuan Walker, and Jack Flaherty.

Hall of Famers Chipper Jones and Frank Thomas couldn’t believe it either.

Christian Yelich also had a great reaction to the move.

Cash’s decision immediately backfired, as the Rays blew a 1-0 lead and fell behind 2-1 in the sixth inning after removing Snell.

About the only question you can ask is which quick hook was worse: Cash’s or AJ Hinch’s last year?

Christian Yelich had great reaction to Kevin Cash’s terrible move

Christian Yelich

Christian Yelich had a great reaction to Kevin Cash’s terrible managerial move in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

Cash pulled Blake Snell in the middle of a nine-strikeout shutout all because the southpaw allowed a hit in the sixth inning (just his second of the game). Snell’s Tampa Bay Rays were leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 at the time.

Cash’s moronic move immediately backfired, as Nick Anderson gave up a double, uncorked a wild pitch that scored the tying run, and then let another run score on a fielder’s choice.

In response to Cash’s move, Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP, tweeted a GIF of a man bashing a computer, though he later deleted it.

That seemed to be Yelich’s way of saying he wanted to murder whatever statistical formula told Cash that taking Snell out was the right move. We all would like to do the same.

The Rays have a process they trust when it comes to handling their pitchers, but that process does not seem to include factoring in what to do when your pitcher is cruising. If it did, there would be no way to justify removing Snell from the game.

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