Dodgers: Video of Justin Turner ‘hitting’ a knuckleball is awesome

Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Aren’t you glad the Los Angeles Dodgers reunited with Justin Turner this offseason?

Hollywood is clearly JT’s forever home, but this wasn’t some sort of gimmick signing. Turner can still stroke it.

Though it’s taken him a little longer to get into a groove this spring following an abbreviated offense (and, ahem, a rather deep postseason run and .320 average in the World Series), Turner can still provide jaw-dropping moments on a daily basis.

Sometimes it takes an isolated camera to capture them, but once you see it…whew.

In this week’s spring training action, Turner took all the spin out of his opponent’s fastball, squaring it up for a liner up the middle you have to see all by itself to believe.

Dodgers commentator Jerry Hairston Jr. shared the video on Saturday, and it’s…smoothness all around.

It’s not all about the jaw-dropping highlights in baseball.

Sometimes, it’s the everyday moments of perfection that make all 162 games worthwhile.

Truly, this was a moment of perfection.

How is Dodgers 3B Justin Turner playing this spring?

Turner hasn’t quite been a revelation to the degree of his other Dodgers teammates; in fact, the team’s rotation options seem to be a few steps ahead of their starting lineup.

Everybody from Tony Gonsolin to Jimmy Nelson has been completely dominant on the mound this spring, but beyond Corey Seager, most of LA’s offense has been coming from more unexpected sources. Seager’s been dominant enough for the whole nine of ’em, though.

In 17 at-bats, Turner’s posted a .235 average without a homer or RBI to his name — but it’s early yet.

And judging by this isolated highlight, it’s safe to say the skills are still there — on both sides of the ball.

Turner might never *need* to hit a knuckleball at any point this season, unless he faces the Red Sox and Steven Wright.

Now, though, at least we know he can create one off his own bat, in case any teammates need to practice the skill.