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Justin Turner wins the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award

Justin Turner wins the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award

Justin Turnerwho has spent his entire stage with him Los Angeles Dodgers fervently giving back to the community where he grew up, he has been named the recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, which annually recognizes players for their philanthropic efforts.

Turner, the Dodgers’ Clemente Award nominee in five of the last six seasons, is in Philadelphia to be honored with the Clemente family and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before Game 3 of the Series World Cup Monday Turner is the third member of the Dodgers to win the award, following Steve Garvey in 1981 and Clayton Kershaw in 2012.

The award is, in many ways, the culmination of Turner’s time in Los Angeles. When he arrived with the Dodgers as a free agent in February 2014, he was a 29-year-old outfielder struggling to carve out a defined role in the major leagues. He overhauled his swing, established himself as an everyday third baseman, made two All-Star teams, won a World Series championship and started the Justin Turner Foundation.

Turner is 37 years old and suddenly unsure if his time with the Dodgers is over. The team has a $16 million club option for 2023 and has not yet announced whether it will exercise it.

“Everything in my life seems to have taken off since the day I put on a Dodger uniform,” Turner said in a conference call. “Obviously, it’s very special for me, growing up in Southern California, putting on this jersey and being a part of an organization that has so much history and has so many people that have impacted the game in so many different ways. I’m just trying to my little part.”

Turner’s foundation, which he started alongside his wife, Kourtney, began in 2016 with a desire to support homeless veterans, children and families battling life-altering illnesses and diseases. In recent years, Turner has become intimately involved with the Dream Center, an LA-based resource center focused on supporting the homeless through community outreach programs. He and Kourtney have also provided more than 70,000 toys and 14,000 bikes to L.A. kids and donated more than $100,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Turner now serves on the board of directors, according to an MLB statement .

The City of Los Angeles previously recognized Turner’s philanthropic efforts by declaring January 22, 2019, “Justin Turner Day”.

Turner, made available over the weekend, said he was still in “waiting mode” as to whether he would return to the Dodgers next season, but added that his charitable efforts would continue long after his time has concluded with the team .

“I think that’s something that will always be part of Kourtney and I’s DNA,” Turner said. “Obviously, we don’t know what it’s going to look like when it’s finally finished playing, when the events come together and what’s going to happen in that regard. But I think it’s something that we’ll always continue and always come back to. to help people in need.”



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