In fitting fashion for 2020, just because the World Series ended doesn’t mean the drama ended as well.
Immediately after the Dodgers won the title, the focus turned to the three open managerial positions. Two of those have since been filled and both new hires are already being questioned.
Of the three jobs that were open, the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, the White Sox was voted as the most desirable position. However, fewer than 50 percent of fans think the team will find success with new manager Tony La Russa.
Diamondbacks fans, of course, are able to offer first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to have La Russa working for your team: not good. However, his position in Arizona was rather different. As long as Chicago restrict his powers to the locker-room, I’d say it may well work out: he remains one of the game’s most respected managers. Though it does make his 2014 induction into the baseball Hall of Fame a bit awkward...
Meanwhile, La Russa and the White Sox aren’t the only ones catching attention. The Tigers hired former Astros manager AJ Hinch, only a season removed from the Houston cheating scandal. Nearly 50 percent of fans don’t believe Hinch should have been given another MLB opportunity.
I imagine they also will not be happy at the news this morning (think the team attempted to do a Friday dump, while everyone was looking at the election results?) that Alex Cora is returning to Boston to become the manager of the Red Sox. Morality, it appears, takes second place to winning. Unless you’re Barry Bonds, but then, he was a dick.
Even the new World Series champions have found themselves in the middle of controversy. At some point in the seventh inning of Game 6, the Dodgers learned third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19. However, after they won, Turner was on the field celebrating in close contact with teammates, at times without a mask.
Nearly three-fourths of fans believe Turner should face a penalty for the celebration.
I believe that, as far as an appropriate sanction, the votes were split between evisceration by wolves, and drowning in a vat of Dodger Dog run-off.
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