Dodgers News: Justin Turner Reveals He Wants to Keep Playing Well into His 40s
Ever since 2014, Dodgers veteran slugger Justin Turner has been a stabilizing force in the LA batting order. Turner signed with LA in February that year after being non-tendered by the New York Mets.
For the better part of nine years, the Dodgers de facto team captain (no disrespect to Austin Barnes) has had a huge impact on the franchise.
Turner has had a hot-and-cold age 37 season in 2022, but that hasn’t deterred the veteran from wanting to play for years to come.
In recent interview with Jake Brown from NY Post Sports at an All-Star event at LA Live, Turner revealed that he’s far from finished with his big league career.
Brown kindly reminded Turner of his age, and then asked him how many more years he wants to play. JT responded, and jokingly agreed that he’s trying to follow in NFL legend Tom Brady’s footsteps with the infamous TB12 method.
“At least five…that’s what I’m going for, TB12.”
The NY Post Sports host then asked Turner if he wanted to retire as a Dodger.
“That would be really nice, yeah.”
Justin Turner tells me he wants to make it another 5 years playing…would take him to 43 years old. @nypostsports @AmazinButTrue #Dodgers #MLBAllStar pic.twitter.com/U7JmYyXg7T
— Jake Brown (@JakeBrownRadio) July 16, 2022
Aside from a hot hitting stretch in May, Turner has struggled at the plate this year. That is, until the last day of June. The veteran went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in LA’s 3-1 victory over the Padres, and ever since, RedTurn2 has been red-hot.
In his last 14 games (58 plate appearances), Turner owns an impressive 1.200 OPS. He’s hit four home runs, logged 13 RBI, and is striking out in just 13.8% of his plate appearances. his previous 286 PAs, JT was striking out in 17.5% of his at-bats. His 235 wRC+ since June 30th ranks third among all qualified batters.
Turner has a $16M club-option for next season and based on his quotes, is definitely looking for at least one more multi-year contract from the Dodgers.
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