Justin Turner and Chone Figgins were both excited to earn spots on the Los Angels Dodgers 30-man roster to Sydney, Australia. The two teammates are both extremely thankful for their opportunity to play for the team, although their happiness stems from different reasons.

Figgins was a one time All-Star with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009, but the four years that followed were full of obstacles for the utility man. After his time in Anaheim, he signed with the Seattle Mariners but was cut after the 2012 season. Then last year, he was later released by the Miami Marlins during Spring Training. Figgins said being selected was almost more gratifying than making it to the majors and even admitted to getting emotional after his agent told him he was making the trip.

While Turner was equally excited to travel to Sydney, the 29-year-old finds a little more excited just to be able to call Los Angeles home again. The infielder grew up in Long Beach and played college ball at Cal State Fullerton and his time with the New York Mets last year had him 3,000 miles away from his family. Turner had an impressive spring playing all infield positions. Both players are extremely versatile and will add needed depth to the Dodgers bench.

Dodgers Nation News

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Dodger News: Turner, Figgins Both Happy But For Different Reasons

Dodgers News: Mattingly Considering Batting Dee Gordon In Ninth Spot

Dodgers News

Dodgers scope out Sydney Cricket Ground – Dodgers.com

Dodgers spread baseball gospel at the beach – ESPN Los Angeles

Carl Crawford Is Hurt Again, Does The Sun Rise? – Lasorda’s Lair

The Mark McGwire effect on Dodgers’ hitters – Dodgers Digest

Day one: Sydney social highlights – Dodger Insider

MLB News

Pirates Shopping Jose Tabata – MLB Trade Rumors

Iwakuma cleared to remove splint from finger – MLB.com

Matt Harvey still hopes for 2014 return to Mets – Yahoo! Sports

Jimmy Rollins Trade Scenarios That Would Make Sense for Phillies – Bleacher Report

Swarm of bees delays Yankees-Red Sox game – Sporting News

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About The Author

Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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