There were a lot of big names that left the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason, but none were bigger than Justin Turner. Turner, the second-longest tenured Dodger behind Clayton Kershaw, was in many ways the heartbeat of the Dodgers organization and the favorite player of many fans.
That did not matter, as Turner was blocking top prospect Miguel Vargas at third base and was no longer producing at the same level he once was. The Dodgers denied his club option for the 2023 season, allowing him to join former teammate Enrique Hernandez (and others) in Boston.
Turner will still go down as one of the best Dodgers in franchise history (owning several postseason records) and is still extremely beloved by the fanbase. It is safe to say that there will still be a lot of Turner No. 10 jerseys showing up to Chavez Ravine in 2023.
Those jerseys are instantly outdated, however, as the Dodgers wasted no time in giving away the number that Turner wore for nearly a decade with the team. There is a new No. 10 in Los Angeles and it is the most random person you could possibly imagine: Placido Polanco.
Placido Polanco takes Justin Turner's No. 10 on the Dodgers.
Bonus point to any readers out there that actually remembered that Placido Polanco was an employee of the Dodgers organization. Most baseball fans know him for his 16-year MLB career, during which he was a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover.
Polanco has been a Dodgers employee for quite some time now as well. He first joined the Dodgers in 2019 as a special assistant in player development. Polanco is not alone as a former big-leaguer that is employed by the Dodgers. Tyson Ross was recently hired as a special assistant, while Raul Ibañez spent five years with the team in an assistant role before being hired by MLB.
It is fitting that someone like Polanco is the one taking Turner's No. 10 instead of someone on the field. This ensures that we shouldn't see a No. 10 in the starting lineup for at least this season. Plus, Polanco and Turner will end up having very similar careers, so perhaps Polanco is just keeping the number warm until Turner returns to the Dodgers in a different capacity.
If you are a really a diehard fan of the Dodgers, though, you probably should hit up your local sports store and get a custom Polanco No. 10 Dodgers jersey.