Justin was basically born with a ball and a bat in his hands. He has been in love with the sport for as long as he can remember. He was taught that he would have to work hard to reach his dream of becoming a major league baseball player. Turner attended Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California where as a senior he was named Most Valuable Player. He attended Cal State Fullerton and was a member of the 2004 College World Series Championship team.
Turner was drafted in the 29th round of the 2005 MLB draft by the New York Yankees but he did not sign. Instead he opted to finish his senior year at CSUF and continue to play Titan baseball. He was drafted in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 2006 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Justin spent time in the Reds, Orioles and Mets organization before ultimately being signed by his hometown team, The Los Angeles Dodgers.
Justin found quite the home with the Dodgers in his 8 seasons with the club. He was named the team's starting third baseman in 2015. Teammates referred to Justin as the "heart and soul" of the team and a respected clubhouse leader. He was named to the National League All Star team in 2017 after receiving a record-breaking 20.8 million votes. He was named co-MVP of the 2017 National League Championship Series where he posted a .333 average with 2 homers and 7 RBI. In 2020, Justin and his Dodger teammates became World Series Champions. Justin received the prestigious Roberto Clemente award in 2022.
Following 9 seasons in Los Angeles, Justin signed with another historic franchise, the Boston Red Sox in January 2023. He was voted the team's MLBPA 2023 Heart and Hustle Award winner in August 2023.
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