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.
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