Chris Taylor, former Mariners utility player has been relied upon in the World Series and made a costly error
The current Dodgers everyday utility player Chris Taylor played for the Mariners from 2014-2016. Taylor was drafted by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 2012 draft and made his debut as a 23-year-old in 2014. His name will be trending on Twitter tomorrow after his costly error.
Before the trade deadline during the 2016 season, Taylor was traded to the Dodgers for Zach Lee who never pitched for the Mariners. Since he was traded, he has played a lot for the Dodgers thanks to his versatility on defense. The trade was ultimately a loss for us and it is great to see Taylor succeeding playing for the Dodgers. He was sort of like Austin Nola, a quiet player that was likable among the Mariners fanbase and wish him well in their future endeavors.
And I am sure Dodgers fans are going to be giving Taylor a hard time for a long time, especially if the Dodgers do not win the World Series this year. Taylor was involved in the chaotic final play of Game Four of the World Series, which resulted in a walk-off win for the Rays.
Taylor bobbled a ball that was hit to him. It was not an ordinary bobble, it got pretty far away from Taylor allowing the runner on first base to have a chance to score. Taylor made a good throw to the cut-off man and they had a great chance to record the final out of the inning if the relay was executed.
And of course, baseball happened. The relay got away from the catcher allowing the runner from first to score even after taking a tumble on his way home.
The ending to this game will be one of the most disastrous finishes in a World Series game and Taylor will be a part of this forever. As a Mariners fan, we do not wish this on Taylor but it is what it is. I am sure Rays fans are thanking the Mariners for trading Taylor to the Dodgers right now.
Even further, this game shifts the momentum of the World Series. The Dodgers were up 2-1 going into Game Four and had an opportunity to close out the closely contested game to make it a 3-1 series. But, with this horrific ending to Game Four, it could put a dent into the Dodgers clubhouse.