Welcome to part one of the annual Dodgers Nation player grades and season reviews, this time for the 2022 season. Leading us off in the series is a guy who hit leadoff for the team more times than anyone not named Mookie Betts.
Trea Turner had a stellar season as the everyday shortstop for the Dodgers in 2022 — and I don’t use that word ‘everyday’ lightly. Turner played in 160 games for the Dodgers in the regular season, and didn’t get his first day off until September — and he didn’t even want it.
On the year, Turner hit .298 with 21 home runs and a career-high 100 RBIs. He hit 39 doubles, four triples, stole 27 bases and finished second in all of baseball with 194 hits, only trailing his teammate, Freddie Freeman, with 199.
Turner was named an All-Star and won a Silver Slugger Award for the first time in his career, and finished 11th in MVP voting. In his final year under contract, he did just about everything the Dodgers could have asked for. In the postseason, he went six for 18 with two home runs, but did have a few costly errors.
Fan Vote Results
Dodger fans took to Twitter to give Turner a grade for his 2022 season in Los Angeles. Here are the results:
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) November 7, 2022
Of the 2,363 fans who voted, 48.4% gave him a ‘B,’ while 45.9% awarded him with an ‘A.’ Just 1.1% of fans gave him an ‘F,’ while 4.6% gave him a ‘C.’ Overall, fans were pleased with Turner’s performance in 2022, as one of the key contributors to the Dodgers’ 111-win season.
Dodgers Nation Take
If I were voting in this poll, I would give Turner an A. In actuality, I think he deserves an A- for his overall performance, but blame Twitter for not allowing more than four options. But Turner, along with Freeman and Mookie Betts, were the true backbone of this team, hitting at the top of the lineup in every single game. He and Freeman were in the lineup pretty much every night, and were steady contributors on a team that suffered through a lot of injuries and struggling players in the lineup.
Turner showed a little bit of everything with the Dodgers this season — from the power to the speed to the smoothness in which he plays the game — and became a true fan favorite over the last year and a half. While Max Scherzer felt like the headliner in the deal with the Nationals at last year’s trade deadline, Trea turned out to be that guy.
Now a free agent, it seems more likely than not that Turner doesn’t re-sign with the team this offseason. If that’s the case, he will leave a huge hole in the Dodgers’ lineup and at the shortstop position, something they will most definitely need to fill next season. His impact on the 2022 team cannot be understated, and that’s why he was graded so highly by fans in the Dodgers Nation poll.
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