Dodgers: Top 5 First Half All-Star Performances in the Past 10 Years

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09: Justin Turner
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09: Justin Turner /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 09: Justin Turner /

#3 Justin Turner (2017)

Justin Turner was almost not an All-Star in 2017. It took a call out of Dodgers fans by Kenley Jansen to get him there as he won the NL Final Vote with a record 20.8 million votes.

Turner’s numbers in the first have of the season are something that I have never seen and couldn’t even imagine from him. While he technically doesn’t have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title due to an injury, he is very close to doing so. Even if you gave him 0 for the number of at-bats needed to qualify he would still be comfortably on top of the N.L.

This season, Turner is batting .380 with an OBP of .477! This ranks him first in those categories in the NL, and he shows no signs of slowing down. While his home run numbers are down with only eight home runs and thirty-three RBI’s this shouldn’t come as a knock against him. He is taking what the pitchers are giving him and getting on base, setting the table for the other batters.

Also, if you watch the Dodgers games every day, you would know there were at least three occasions were Turner just missed a home run by less than a couple feet and ended up at second base instead.

With a batting average closer to .400 then .300, Turner is putting on a show this season and his showing the Dodgers that he is worth every penny of his newly inked $64 million deal.