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Dodgers News: Trea Turner’s 1,000th Hit Wasn’t Quite What He Hoped

Only about six percent of the players who have ever played in MLB have reached the 1,000-hit mark, so when Trea Turner got there on Monday night, it would have been a pretty notable achievement even if it hadn’t helped the Dodgers win and helped Trea try to keep up with Freddie Freeman in their battle to lead the majors in hits.

For Turner, the milestone hit wasn’t quite what he would have liked it to be. For example, he might have preferred a better launch angle than -57 degrees, or a higher estimated distance than two feet. He might have preferred to make a full swing at the pitch.

But instead, the big round number came on a check-swing chopper to a third baseman who didn’t even consider throwing the ball to first. And that’s kind of fitting for a guy like Turner, who leads the majors with 28 infield hits this season.

As reported by Bill Plunkett in the Orange County Register, the hit itself didn’t thrill Turner, but the circumstances around it did.

“I wish it would have been a little prettier,” Turner said. “But it’s a good milestone. It’s something I think I was looking forward to because my parents were here and my dad’s been counting down, so it’s good to get it in front of them. That was nice.

“Glad I could do that. But hopefully there’s many more in the tank.”

Getting a milestone hit in front of your parents in a way that really exemplifies a lot of the value you bring to a team … yeah, that seems like a pretty cool way for Trea to reach this mark, whether he was impressed or not.

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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.

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