Justin Turner has spent the majority of MLB career playing for the LA Dodgers. The 35-year-old has had success playing for the Dodgers. Turner is a fan favorite in LA, and during his time in the playoffs, he is no stranger to hitting home runs.
During Game 4 of the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Turner hit a solo home run, and he made Dodgers postseason history after hitting that home run.
Justin Turner started his career playing for multiple teams
After they selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB draft, Turner signed with the Cincinnati Reds. During his time in the Reds farm system, he made it to the Double-A team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. In December of 2008, the Reds traded Turner to the Baltimore Orioles. During the 2009 season, he was assigned to the Triple-A team, the Norfolk Tides. Turner mostly played second and third base for the Tides, and he finished the season with a .300 batting average.
He made his MLB debut with the Orioles on September 8, 2009, against the Boston Red Sox. Turner played in 12 regular-season games with the Orioles and batted .167. During the 2010 season, the New York Mets claimed Turner off waivers from the Orioles. Turner played in his first full MLB season in 2011.
That season he hit his first home run against the Houston Astros. He set a Mets rookie record for most consecutive games with an RBI with seven. During the season, he was named the NL Rookie of the Month for May. Turner finished the 2011 season hitting .260 with 113 hits and 51 RBIs. He played three seasons with the Mets and then became a free agent after the 2013 season.
Justin Turner joined the Dodgers in 2014 and became a top player on the team
Turner signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February of 2014. He was added to the Major League roster in March. The California native had an impressive 2014 season. In 109 games, Turner hit .340 and hit seven home runs with 43 RBIs. His .340 batting average led the team that season.
After having a successful season in 2014, Turner would become the starting third baseman for the Dodgers. He continued to put up impressive numbers during his time in LA. Turner made his first All-Star team in 2017. That season he hit .322 with 21 home runs. During the shortened 2020 season, Turner played in 42 games and finished with a .307 batting average.
Turner making Dodgers history during the 2020 playoffs
Turner has had a lot of playoff experience playing with the Dodgers. Since he joined the team in 2014, he’s appeared in the playoffs, and he’s played in three World Series. During the 2020 World Series, Turner made history in Game 4. In the first inning, Turner hit a solo shot to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. That was his 12th career postseason home run, which made him the Dodgers all-time leader in postseason home runs.
Turner also became the first player in World Series history to homer in the first inning of consecutive games within a series. One thing that Turners knows how to do is hit home runs in the postseason, and he can now say that he’s in a class of his own when it comes to postseason home runs.