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Dodgers: Justin Turner and Max Muncy Factored Into NL MVP Voting

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The big news at the tail end of the week was Milwaukee Brewers star outfield Christian Yelich winning the National league’s Most Valuable Player Award. However, Dodgers Justin Turner and Max Muncy were given substantial consideration for the award.

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The story seems to always be about the players who place top three in the ballot. Rarely do you hear of the players who finished 14th and 15th respectively. Still, that’s exactly what we’re here to do.

Turner received a seventh-place vote, ninth-place vote, and four tenth-place votes to finish 14th. Muncy tallied a lone seventh-place vote and two ninth-place votes to finish a spot behind Turner.

Moreover, it’s hard to argue any two Dodgers were more valuable to the 2018 ball club. If you think back over the landscape of the season – everything began to turn when Turner and Muncy joined forces. On May 15th the Dodgers had Muncy and Turner on the active roster for the first time and a record of 16-25.

Of course, the magical ride ended at 92-71 and with the Dodgers taking yet another NL West crown.

The duo had the two highest OPS on the team at .924 and .973 respectively. They combined for 49 home runs, 131 runs batted in, and 137 runs scored.

As unlikely as it is for the pair to appear on an MVP ballot together again, this duo of gingers provided the Dodgers with unbelievable memories; and value in 2018.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Very nice to see –If Muncy could just play 2B as well as 1B–I would get him 500ABs He probably wouldnt get 40 Hrs but 35 again and a 275 avg would sure be nice–Turner will hit 28 HRs and still hit 320 if hes healthy too

    • Muncy is not quite a fit at 2B defensively and anyway, with the Dodger’s obsession with L/R platoons neither Muncy or just about anyone else on the Dodger squad will come anywhere close to getting the opportunity for 500 AB’s.

    • Yes, Justin Turner was off for about 2 1/2 months or so but, he played basically every day of the season. Max usually played every other day to every other 4 days. So, I think JT was there for about the whole season or 3/4 of the season. MM was yes, there for about 1/2 the season. Let’s go DODGERS!!!

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