Los Angeles Last year, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner added World Series rings and All-Star Game appearances to his resume last year.
A Roberto Clemente Award would be a fitting addition.
Turner, 36, is the Dodgers’ nominee for the award, which is “a player who demonstrates the values of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in his commitment to the community and understanding of the value of helping others.”
Clayton Kershaw (2012) and Steve Garvey (1981) are the only Dodgers to have won the award in their 40-year history.
“What we are very proud of is community, giving back to our community, giving back to the less fortunate, helping people get back on their feet,” Turner said with Zoom. Journalists Tuesday. “Being enrolled on this team, with so many people doing a lot of work in our community, is really special and something I don’t take lightly.”
Turner started his eponymous foundation in 2016. At the time, he learned from the examples of teammates who had his foundation as a regular, namely Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and former New York Mets third baseman David Wright.
Last year, Turner and his wife Courtney selected different restaurants and ordered thousands of meals delivered to the Los Angeles Dream Center, which fed more than 12,000 individuals per day at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lately Turner has been a sounding board for young teammates – including Chris Taylor – who have started their own charity work. It’s a satisfying narrative arc for Turner, who in February re-signed a two-year, $34 million contract with the Dodgers.
“There’s an amazing amount of quality humans in our clubhouse who get it, who know it’s bigger than baseball,” Turner said. “It’s nice to see young people follow suit, and make an impact on the lives of others in any way they choose to do so.”
Turner and another 29 candidates will be officially recognized on Wednesday. September 15 was established by Major League Baseball as “Roberto Clemente Day” to honor the late Hall of Famer’s legacy as a humanitarian.
Fans can vote for the winner of the award online until October 3.
Outfielder AJ Pollock (right hamstring strain) will be carrying a mock at-bat in Los Angeles this weekend, when the rest of the team travels to Cincinnati, manager Dave Roberts said. Then, Pollock will attend Complex League games at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.
Taylor missed the fourth game in a row due to a neck injury. There were three healthy position players on the Dodgers bench: Albert Pujols, Matt Beatty and Austin Barnes.
Kershaw reported no ill effects a day after throwing 50 pitches in 4⅓ innings, his first start since sustaining an elbow injury on 3 July. Roberts said the left-hander will take his next turn in the rotation on the schedule on Sunday in Cincinnati.
“He was probably more mentally and emotionally taxed than physically,” Roberts said of Kershaw.
The Dodgers activated relief pitcher Kenley Jensen from the paternity list and selected Mitch White to Triple-A. Janssen and his wife Gianni welcomed a baby girl, Keijia Kezia, on Sunday. … a video tribute to Special Adviser Rick Honeycutt aired ahead of Tuesday’s game. Honeycutt, the Dodgers’ pitching coach from 2006–19, was in town on Monday after Dodgers Stadium paid tribute to Tommy LaSorda. … Pitcher Max Schazer was the Washington Nationals’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The Dodgers acquired Scherzer from the Nationals on July 30 as part of a four-player trade.
Dodgers (LHP Julio Ureas, 17-3, 2.98 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks (TBA), Wednesday, 7:10 pm, Sportsnet LA, ESPN, 570 am