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Dodgers News: Justin Turner Talks About David Freese’s Presence

A leader speaks on the leader.

During the 2018 season, much was made of Chase Utley’s ‘dad’ leadership role on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, it’s possible that there’s a true successor in the role. Indeed, that player is none other than David Freese.

First, on Blue Heaven Episode 62 Ross Stripling told Clint Pasillas and Brook Smith about Freese’s clubhouse presence. Moreover, Stripling says that Freese has become the Utley figure in this year’s clubhouse. Stripling even mentioned that Kiké Hernandez is glued to Freese this season.

Then, Justin Turner joined AM570 this past week to talk about Freese’s role on the Dodgers.

When you hear a veteran like Turner talk about any player in this manner, it’s worth a pause and a listen. Turner says that the Dodgers have a legend in Freese.

“He’s legend. He’s got that fire that he wants to win, succeed, willed his way to have success. Everything he does on the field, but it is the stuff you don’t see behind the scenes. The ability to just be raw and say what he is thinking. When we lost game 5 of the World Series, it was the first thing I told Andrew Friedman, i said ‘hey we need to bring this guy back.”

Without question – Turner meant that ‘legend’ comment. Freese is the same man who saved the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 World Series and willed them to a championship. In case you forgot, he did this:

At the current time watching Freese play, he seems intent on helping the Dodgers taste champagne in their own right. While it’s great to have a leadership voice, performance is important.

Equally important – Freese currently has a .999 OPS over 140 at-bats this season. This includes an on-base percentage of .407, a sign that he takes a professional at-bat every time he steps in the box.

You can’t put a price on having a veteran like this in your clubhouse. When Turner and Stripling talk about the true leadership trait Freese carries, we can all put a lot of stock in the comments.

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. It’s good to see the “quiet assassin” get some credit from his team mates………what Justin has to say carries weight…….if I was the GM I’d be trying to sign him to an extension, no way I’m letting this guy retire just yet………the Dodger media doesn’t give this guy enough credit. I never realized just how good he was until he came here and I was able to watch him everyday.

  2. It is great to read things like this. This team looks like the one in 2017. I only hope that, assuming the Dodgers make the postseason, Roberts doesn’t play the righty-lefty thing constantly and pull people (Freese) who are hot. That drives me crazy.

  3. David Freese not only a big part of the dodgers team this year but also a great guy. He has more than just stepped in and played the Utley role. Yes his signing has been under the radar and he has been underrated. Make no mistake, us fans know he has been some kind of special.

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