- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Justin Matthew Turner
- Date of Birth: November 23, 1984
- Age: 38 years
- Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
- Father: John Turner
- Mother: Betsy Turner
- Relationship Status: Married to Kourtney Pogue (former actress) since 2017 (met in 2012)
- Career Information:
- Current Team:
- Boston Red Sox (Jersey #2, Position: Third baseman)
- Position: Infielder, Designated hitter
- 2005: 29th round by the New York Yankees
- 2006: 7th round by the Cincinnati Reds
- MLB Debut: September 8, 2009
- Previous Teams: Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Current Team:
- Physical Details:
- Height: 180 cm (5 feet 11 inches)
- Weight: 94 kg (208 pounds)
- Batting & Throwing Hand: Right
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Duration: Two years (signed on December 18, 2022)
- Total Value: $21,700,000
- Average Annual Value: $10,850,000
- Net Worth: Approximately $25 million
- Performance Statistics:
- Batting Average: .288
- Other Details:
Justin Turner Stats
- Team: Boston Red Sox
- Number: #2
- Position: Designated Hitter
Career Batting Stats
- Games Played (GP): 1539
- At Bats (AB): 5080
- Runs (R): 738
- Hits (H): 1461
- Doubles (2B): 323
- Triples (3B): 9
- Home Runs (HR): 187
- Runs Batted In (RBI): 759
- Walks (BB): 513
- Hit by Pitch (HBP): 122
- Strikeouts (SO): 880
- Stolen Bases (SB): 45
- Caught Stealing (CS): 11
- Average (AVG): .288
- On-Base Percentage (OBP): .363
- Slugging Percentage (SLG): .465
- On-Base Plus Slugging (OPS): .829
Postseason Batting Stats
- Games Played (GP): 86
- At Bats (AB): 315
- Runs (R): 43
- Hits (H): 85
- Doubles (2B): 19
- Triples (3B): 1
- Home Runs (HR): 13
- Runs Batted In (RBI): 42
- Walks (BB): 38
- Hit by Pitch (HBP): 13
- Strikeouts (K): 59
- Stolen Bases (SB): 5
- Caught Stealing (CS): 0
- Average (AVG): .270
- On-Base Percentage (OBP): .370
- Slugging Percentage (SLG): .460
- On-Base Plus Slugging (OPS): .830
Career Fielding Stats
- Games Played (GP): 1497
- Games Started (GS): 1472
- Innings Played (INN): 12640.2
- Total Chances (TC): 3942
- Put Outs (PO): 862
- Assists (A): 2972
- Errors (E): 108
- Fielding Percentage (FPCT): .973
- Double Plays Turned (DP): 309
- Range Factor/Game (RF/G): 2.52
- Zone Rating (ZR): 47.6%
Justin Turner has demonstrated consistent offensive prowess over his career with a commendable .292 batting average and .838 OPS, amassing 162 home runs and 671 RBIs over 1497 games. Defensively, while primarily a designated hitter, he’s been a reliable fielder with a .973 fielding percentage, taking part in over 300 double plays. His well-rounded skill set showcases his valuable contribution both at the plate and in the field during his tenure in MLB.
Justin Turner 2024 Profile
Justin Turner — the 5 foot 11, 208 pound infielder for the Boston Red Sox — has a knack for becoming a fan favorite of whichever team he’s playing for. Whether it’s his fiery personality, fire-colored hair and beard, or his passionate playing style that seems to light a fire under his teammates’ backsides, there’s something about Justin Turner that endears himself to fans — not to mention that his on-field performance contributes to their adoration, as well. Although Justin Turner’s best days as a baseball player might be behind him, he still has a ton to offer teams, both on the field and in the clubhouse. And who knows? Perhaps the 38 year old Turner still has more home runs left in the tank.
In this article, we’ll discuss Justin Turner’s general information, his pre-MLB background, highlights of his prestigious MLB career, and what we can expect from him in 2024.
Justin Turner General Information
Justin Matthew Turner was born on November 23, 1984, in Long Beach, California, United States. His parents are John and Betsy Turner.
Justin Turner is married to Kourtney Turner, who is a former actress. The couple met in 2012 and were married in 2017.
On December 18, 2022, Justin Turner signed a two-year, $21,700,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox — which makes for an average annual salary of $10,850,000. Turner’s net worth is estimated to be $25 million.
Justin Turner wears jersey number 2, and both hits and throws with his right hand.
Justin Turner Background
After a very successful high school career at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California, Justin Turner committed to play college baseball at California State University, Fullerton. After four successful seasons at Cal State Fullerton — where Turner earned freshman All-America honors in 2003, was named to the 2003 College World Series all-tournament team, won the 2004 College World Series, and hit a combined .328 with 8 home runs and 157 RBIs in 1,008 plate appearances across his college career — Turner was selected in the 7th round (204th pick overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft, by the Cincinnati Reds.
After signing with the Reds, Turner reported to the Reds’ Rookie League affiliate. By the end of the 2008 season, Turner has been promoted to the Reds’ AA minor league team, and finished the 2008 season hitting .289.
Turner was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2008, and was assigned to the Orioles AAA team for the 2009 season. That year, Turner hit .300 with 2 home runs.
Turner made his major league debut with the Orioles on September 8, 2009. Three days later, Turner got his first major league hit. He finished the season getting 3 hits in 18 at-bats.
Turner’s MLB Career So Far
After being released by the Orioles, Turner signed with the New York Mets in 2010 and was sent to their AAA affiliated team. He first appeared for the Mets’ Major League Team on April 19, 2011, and hit his first MLB home run on May 15, 2011. Turner was awarded the NL Rookie of the Month award in May 2011.
After the 2013 season with the Mets, Turner became a free agent. In 301 games with the Mets over four seasons, he hit .265 with 8 home runs.
Turned signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2014 season, and had a breakout year with his new team. Turner led the Dodgers with a .340 batting average, hitting 7 home runs with 43 RBI in 288 at bats.
He followed that 2014 year up with another successful one in 2015; earning the Dodgers’ starting third baseman job and hitting a career-high .294 16 homers and 60 RBIs.
In 2016, Turner played in a career-high 151 games, and also had career highs in home runs (27) and RBI (90), while batting .275. The Dodgers made it to the National League Championship Series in this 2016 season, but Turner struggled during the series, hitting only .200.
Turner started the 2017 season batting .379 before going on the injured list with a strained right hamstring. Yet, after returning in June, Turner earned a spot on the 2017 All-Star Game — the first All-Star selection of his career. He finished the season with a .322 batting average, a .415 on-base percentage, 21 home runs, and 71 RBI, finishing third in the NL in batting average and second in on-base percentage.
The Dodgers returned to the NLCS that season — and this time, Turner thrived. He batted .333 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in the series, and was named NLCS co-MVP. Once the Dodgers advanced to the 2017 World Series, Turner only had 4 hits in 25 at-bats, and the Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros.
Turner missed a large portion of the 2018 season due to injury. Yet, he performed well when he was on the field, hitting .312 with 14 home runs. He went on to hit .333 in the 2018 World Series, although the Dodgers lost the series to the Boston Red Sox.
During 42 games of a COVID-shortened 2020 season, Turner hitting .307 with 4 home runs and 23 RBIs. In the 2020 NLCS, Turner had 7 hits, including a home run, in 25 at-bats. In the 2020 World Series, Turner had 8 hits (including 2 home runs) in 25 at-bats as the Dodgers won the world championship.
After resigning with the Dodgers in the offseason, Turner produced an excellent 2021 campaign. Turner played in 151 games that year, and had a .278 batting average with 27 home runs and 87 RBI. He also made the National League All-Star team in 2021, the second All-Star team of his career.
Turner hit .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBIs in the 2022 season, and became a free agent once the season ended. On January 6, 2023, Turner signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox, and proceeded to hit .276 with 23 home runs and 96 RBIs throughout the year.
Justin Turner 2024 Season Forecast
Turner showed in 2023 that he still has some tread on his tires, so to speak. While Turner likely won’t ever hit .300 again, there’s no reason to believe that he can’t produce one or two more 20 home run and 90 RBI seasons if he stays healthy. And despite not being on the team any longer, Turner has already cemented himself as an all-time favorite for Dodger fans. Regardless of how his career ultimately ends, Justin Turner will ride off into the sunset after a praiseworthy MLB career.
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