4 former Dodgers who painfully enter 2023 on fire after impressive springs
By Jason Reed
1. Trea Turner
Trea Turner took the mantle of Captain America during the World Baseball Classic thanks to his heroics at the plate. Turner was the best player on the diamond for Team USA, who would not have made the finals if not for his grand slam against Team Venezuela.
Turner finished the WBC with five home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.483 OPS in 25 plate appearances, leaving every Dodgers fan wondering where this was in the playoffs over the last two years. The new Phillies shortstop carried this success into Spring Training, where he posted a 1.261 OPS in 23 plate appearances with two home runs and seven RBI.
Turner averaged a home run for every 6.86 plate appearances combined between the WBC and Spring Training. It's a small sample size, sure, but Turner is undoubtedly the hottest hitter on the planet as we head into the 2023 season.
And the Dodgers let him walk. The second star shortstop in as many offseasons. While their reasoning may have been justifiable, it doesn't make it any less painful when looking at the bigger picture.