In the Trea Turner era, the Dodgers are 11-1 and closing in on the first place San Francisco Giants in NL West. While he hasn’t been the sole reason why LA has taken off in August, he’s certainly played a starring role. Simply put, he’s been a game changer.
But it’s not all about the results on the field. There’s also a dynamic he’s added to the clubhouse. Quickly the new Turner has been welcomed with open arms by his new teammates. An already loose clubhouse stayed loose but added an edge with one of the best 5-tool players in the game.
Power (which we haven’t seen as much just yet)
And the wheels
The speed of Trea Turner has already made headlines around baseball. And while the Washington fanbase may have known all about the speed and prowess in sliding, that latter point caught the admiration of Trea’s Turner counterpart.
Justin Turner joined MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” this week where he was asked about his new teammate’s viral slide.
“I could watch him slide all day, Justin Turner said. “I have a man-crush on his slides.”
JT shared the story of the moment he realized just how good Trea is at sliding.
I told him his very first game [at Dodger Stadium] — [Max] Muncy hit a ball to center and Brandon Marsh ran it down, made a nice catch against the wall, and Trea had to scramble back and he slid head first into first and I was on deck just watching it and it reminded me of the Angels in the Outfield slide. I swear he slid, like, 80 feet.
Wheels, slides, man-crushes, and 11 wins in 12 Trea Turner starts. The Dodgers won the trade deadline.