Tuesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres did not start off well for the Dodgers as Padres’ starter Dinelson Lamet was looking to cement himself in the history books with a potential No-hitter.
Fortunately, that didn’t happen as the Dodgers got their first hit and first pair of runs in the sixth inning on a Seager base hit and misplayed ball. Instead, Justin Turner found himself becoming a part of Dodgers’ history after being hit by a pitch to start the two-out rally. With his second hit-by-pitch of the year, the 35-year old third baseman moved in front of Hall of Famer Zack Wheat for most hit-by-pitches.
With that HBP, Justin Turner passes Zach Wheat for the all-time mark in Dodger franchise history (74). @redturn2 asked for the ball.
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 5, 2020
Turner now holds the Dodgers’ all-time hit-by-pitch record with 74, followed by Zack Wheat (73), and the legendary Jackie Robinson (72). It took Wheat 2,322 games with the Dodgers to accumulate that many hit-by-pitches, while it has taken Turner only 766. While it surely isn’t the biggest or most wanted achievement a ballplayer could want, it just shows how respected he is as a hitter with many pitchers trying to jam him inside instead of allowing him to extend his hands to the ball. Even when he doesn’t hit, he still accomplishes big things. I’m sure he’ll celebrate later on, probably with an icepack.