One of the players that can be given a tremendous amount of credit for carrying the Dodgers this season has to be third baseman, Justin Turner.
On the field, he has a career high of 27 home runs and tied the team lead for runs batted in. His key at bat versus Max Scherzer has been credited with helping the Dodgers get the crucial Game 5 win over the Nationals in the NLDS.
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Off the field, he’s been every bit the veteran leader needs to be for his teammates AND fans. Whether it be getting into a fight with Yazmani Grandal to spark both their bats when the team needed it most or spending time with kids off the field or getting to know fans at bobblehead signings, Dave Roberts says it best:
“He’s been a glue to this club, the gritty grinding type guy,” manager Dave Roberts told John Heyman. “He’s what I envision a ballplayer for the Dodgers being.”
Now with the Dodgers in the middle of the National League Championship series against the Cubs, Heyman is reporting on TodaysKnuckleBall.com and confirming Dodger rumors that the Dodgers and Turner have had “very preliminary contract talks.”
Let’s hope Justin forces the Dodgers hand by continuing his solid play in the playoffs. Check back for the latest contract negotiations and Dodger news.