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Dodgers News: Hershiser, Hairston Both Agree Justin Turner Should Be Back in 2023

One of several big question marks facing the Dodgers this offseason is what to do with Justin Turner. Los Angeles holds a $16 million team option for Turner’s services in 2023, but for the first time since he came to L.A. before the 2014 season, the question of whether he’s worth it is up for debate.

Turner battled back from a disastrous first five weeks of the season to post another solid offensive year for the Dodgers, batting .278 with a .788 OPS and 116 OPS+ in 532 plate appearances. But the OPS and OPS+ were both the worst of his Dodgers career, as was his .438 slugging percentage, and his .278 batting average and .350 on-base percentage were both second-worst.

And then there’s his postseason performance. After being a bona fide playoff legend for the Dodgers, batting .294 with a .905 OPS in is first 73 postseason games, Turner has batted just .116 with a .356 OPS over his last three series (2021 NLDS and NLCS, 2022 NLDS).

All of that has left fans wondering whether JT should be back in Dodger blue next year.

But if you ask SNLA analysts Orel Hershiser and Jerry Hairston Jr., there’s no question. During a roundtable discussion last week, they were both adamant about wanting JT back.

Hershiser: “I hope JT’s back in that Dodger uniform. I hope they agree. I hope they agree to disagree as far as if they go somewhere else but this is a Dodger through and through, he needs to be in Dodger blue.”

Hairston: “I agree. I hope he is back. He is an LA native and ever since he’s put on that Dodger uniform, he has thrived. The key is make sure to keep him healthy — he doesn’t play every single day, he may not have to play every day. He can DH a little bit, play a little third. Again, we want to have Justin Turner back.”

In the next few weeks, we’ll find out if the Dodgers front office agrees.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Hate to burst your bubbles Orel and J Hair, but he is going to retire. He is extremely overrated as a player. Overrated does not mean bad, just not as good as people think. I appreciate everything that he has done, but it’s time to move on from grandpa JT.

    1. i disagree. he hit .280 after a slow start and is better than average defensively. he’s still producing runs.
      tell you what, when he comes back and plays well next year, i’ll cook you dinner so you can eat crow

    2. i disagree. he hit .280 after a slow start he is better than the average fielder. responsible for lots of runs, a feww errors.
      tell you what- when he returns and does well, i will prepare your dinner and watch you eat crow

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