Exactly a week ago today, against the same San Diego Padres, Justin Turner found himself entrenched in Dodgers franchise history. During the first inning of Tuesday’s game, Turner yet again found himself in the spotlight after notching a double for his 1000th career hit.
Joining the 1K club.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 12, 2020
Turner, who made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles, got his first major league hit on September 11, 2009, against the New York Yankees. After fighting to earn an everyday job between the Orioles and New York Mets from 2009-13, Turner found himself without a team at the end of the 2013 season.
After signing with LA and collecting his first hit with the team, Turner had a breakout season leading the team with a .340 batting average.
Of course, Dodger fans should know that the rest is history as he went from a fringe utility player to one of the best hitters in the league. In over a little more than seven seasons with the Dodgers, Turner has produced a .301 batting average, 781 hits, 113 home runs, and 395 RBIs to go along with solid defense at the hot corner. Not only has he produced during the regular season but the postseason as well.
Justin Turner has given fans many things to cheer for during his tenure with the Dodgers and it very well could all come to an end after the 2020 season when he becomes a free agent once again. Though that is a possibility, it’s not out of the question that the Dodgers could re-sign him on a short term deal. No matter what happens, No. 10 will always have a special place among the hearts in the city of angels.