Justin Turner has made the 2017 NL All-Star team. Turner placed first in fan voting of the Final Five, beating second place Kris Bryant of the Cubs with a record total of 20.8 million votes. The rest of the field finished as follows: third place Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, fourth Mark Reynolds of the Colorado Rockies, and fifth Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins.
Although many thought that Turner had done enough to be included in the original set of players, JT was relegated to being at the mercy of the fan vote. Closer Kenley Jansen chided fans of the Dodgers for their lack of effort in the first part of All-Star voting. But Dodger fans made up for their lack of earlier participation, taking to their mobile devices and desktops to get the Dodgers hot-hitting third baseman to Miami.
Pantone 294, an amazing group of fans that travel all over the country together to follow the Dodgers, even staged a war room of sorts at Dodgers Stadium where they voted round the clock. Turner himself, Alanna Rizzo and broadcasters Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser stopped by to chat and thank the fans for their hard work.
This will be the first All-Star appearance for the 32 year old Turner. He is leading the majors in batting average and on-base percentage, which currently sit at .384 and .473, respectively. In 259 plate appearances, he has 17 doubles, eight home runs, 33 RBI and 38 runs scored. JT is nine plate appearances short of qualifying for the official leader board, but if he took an 0-for those nine at-bats, he would still lead the league in batting average.
In a way, it can be seen as good thing that he did not make the All-Star team from the get-go. In the voting period, JT showed just how much he wanted to be there, and Dodger fans responded in kind with how much he means to them and this team.
“I’ll be forever grateful to the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans for what they did for me this week,” Turner said after the announcement.
Earlier in the week, Turner had made note about how he realized that he was advancing in age, and might not get this chance again. The fans definitely came through for him.
The All-Star game will be Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
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