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Dodgers News: Justin Turner Ranks High On MLB Networks Top-100 Players

Justin Turner has been the model of consistency since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014. It goes beyond the numbers – Turner has been the consummate professional and quiet leader in the clubhouse and on the field.

Now, Turner is ranked the 22nd best player in all of the game on MLB Network’s Top-100 Players Right Now series.

MLB Network tweeted a blind item asking who was the batting average leader in the NL since the start of 2017. With a minimum of 800 plate appearances, it’s none other than the Dodgers’ third baseman. During that time, Turner has hit .318 in 822 at-bats. Equally important, this goes along with a .935 OPS.

Not long after, MLB Network released the tweet that announced Turner as the 22nd ranked player in the game by their standards. Moreover, it showed a few of the players he’s placed ahead of in average since the start of 2017. These names included Daniel Murphy, Charlie Blackmon, and Freddie Freeman. That’s three phenomenal hitters that Turner has out-paced.

So what are your thoughts on Turner ending up no. 22 on the list? Is it too high? Too low? Just about right? Overall, I feel like it’s pretty fair. Once you get to that point, it’s splitting hairs on this guy or that guy and his exact place. The take home message is the Dodgers have one of the best players in the game at the hot corner for the time being. It’s recognition that shouldn’t be ignored, and it’s earned a post here.

Sound off on your thoughts on Turner’s ranking, or just appreciation of the bearded fella in the comments!

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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. MLB Network has a long time East Coast bias. I do not bother to watch or listen to them very often for that reason. One thing to me that illustrates how incredible Trout is, the MLB actually recognizes Trout as Number 1, although they probably justify that by saying he is an East Coast Guy originally.

    Turner has huge offensive numbers despite his broken wrist last year, plays Gold Glove Caliber Defense and is a great Clubhouse guy. I would rank him higher

  2. Dodgers go to the World Series two years in a row and can only get one player in the top 25? East coast bias sucks.

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