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Trea Turner Reflects on His Time with the Dodgers

As Trea Turner leaves town with the Phillies, he looked back at his time with the Dodgers fondly. The All-Star shortstop came to LA in a deadline deal in 2021 with the Washington Nationals and fit right into the lineup from day one. Over his Dodger career, he was incredibly productive. He won the NL batting title in 2021 and was the starting shortstop for the National League All-Star squad in 2022. Turner combined to hit .307 with 31 home runs and 142 runs scored over 212 games in blue and was a catalyst to a franchise-best 111 win team last season.

While things didn’t end the way Trea and the Dodgers wanted, he still looks back at his time in LA fondly. He spoke at length with reporters this week about that chapter.



“It was special being here, putting on the uniform,” he said. “I think it’s one of the best uniforms to put on in the game. Playing in front of the fans, the team, what they’ve built in the last 11, 12 years, and just being part of that and learning. Just that winning mentality of the franchise from the top down. Knowing what it takes to do that each and every year, it’s so hard.”

Via OC Register

Turner signed an 11 year mega deal worth $300 million to join the Philadelphia Phillies this past winter. Despite the long running rumors about his desire to return to the east coast, he did say he was open to exploring a deal with the Dodgers. They just didn’t come calling.

There’s no bad blood between the sides. We’ve even seen him playing around at second base with good friend Freddie Freeman during this recently concluded series in LA. Together, those guys formed a pretty impressive 1-2 punch.

The Dodgers and Trea Turner will meet up again in June as LA visits Philadelphia the weekend of the 9th.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of DodgersNation.com, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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