It’s been a long road for the Dodgers’ Justin Turner in his quest for a ring, but his performance this postseason has gotten his entire team within 2 games of that goal.
Turner’s impact doesn’t lie solely in his offense, as his leadership and defense have been equally important to the Dodgers’ success. But with his bat beginning to heat up as well, Justin Turner is cementing himself as the greatest Dodgers postseason performer of all time.
Showing out on the big stage is nothing new for Turner, as his career with the Dodgers has been filled with clutch hits and memorable moments. In his 7 seasons with LA, he has been dominant in every October, so much so that he now holds the team record in 5 of the major statistical categories.
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After his 2-5 performance Friday night, Justin Turner found out that he had tied the great Duke Snider for the Dodgers all-time lead in postseason home runs. But in typical JT fashion, the accomplishment didn’t phase him one bit.
It means I’ve had the opportunity to play on a lot of really good baseball teams who played deep in October, and I’ve gotten a lot of AB’s. Obviously it’s something that I don’t think I ever thought about or that ever crossed my mind, but it’s something that’s pretty cool that I can talk about when I’m done playing. But it doesn’t mean a whole lot until we finish this thing off and win two more games.
In many ways, Justin Turner has been the heart and soul of this franchise from the very beginning. His leadership on and off the field has held this team together and his steady production has led this team to 7 of their 8 straight Division titles.
There’s no describing what it would mean for Justin Turner to finally win a title, and we may be only a few days away from finding out. With him being a free agent at the end of this season, there are no guarantees for his future in LA. This makes it that much more important that they get the job done this time around.
Whether this is our last season with Turner or just one of the next few, he deserves to be called a World Champion after all he’s given Los Angeles. With a 2-1 series lead over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers will look to Urías and Kershaw to close this one out over the weekend.