Thursday, September 06, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #686 - Justin Turner is Player of the Month

Once again I'm a bit late in announcing this newest Dodgers' Topps Now card. Shown is the Player of the Month card for August featuring Justin Turner -- and some guy from Boston. As much as this honor for good play is appreciated, I suspect being named the Dodgers' nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award on the same day is more important to him. Per a Dodger press release:
"Being nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award is not something that I take lightly, and I'm extremely proud and honored to be included among this special group of nominees from around the league," said Dodger third baseman Justin Turner. "My wife Kourtney and I realize how blessed we are to have this platform, and are determined to use it to give back to the community and fans that have been so supportive of us."
He and his wife began the Justin Turner Foundation in 2016 to support homeless veterans and children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses. Their work includes mentoring veterans, opening a Women Veteran Program, providing over 10,000 toys and 2,000 bicycles to local area children, partnering with 17Strong Foundation, and being a spokesman for Vision to Learn and the Dodgers' Military Appreciation Nights.

As for the card, go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse
Red Sox designated hitter JD Martinez was voted the AL Player of the Month and Dodgers infielder Justin Turner was voted the NL Player of the Month for August. Martinez batted .373 with 24 runs scored, 38 hits, 11 doubles, seven home runs, 25 RBI, 14 walks and two stolen bases over 26 games. This is his second Player of the Month award. Turner meanwhile batted .402 with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 20 RBI and a stolen base in 25 games played, cementing his first career NL Player of the Month award.

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