In his ninth big league season and fourth with the Dodgers, 32-year-old Justin Turner is headed to his first All-Star Game.
Turner finished third among National League third basemen with 1,491,396 votes from fans. Starting third baseman Nolan Arenado received 2,658,643 votes, just ahead of reigning MVP Kris Bryant (2,478,184), who did not make the All-Star team.
Arenado received the most votes among third baseman from players as well, and Jake Lamb was named to the team by finishing second.
Turner was one of five candidates in the Final Vote in the National League, and won a roster spot by receiving a record 20.8 million votes.
Turner is one of three Dodgers making their first All-Star appearance, along with pitcher Alex Wood and rookie Cody Bellinger.
Turner has been on fire pretty much all season, hitting .377/.473/.583 with 17 doubles and 10 home runs. He missed three weeks with a hamstring and at the moment is five plate appearances shy of qualifying for the leaderboards, but even adjusting for his missed PA he still leads the majors in batting average and on-base percentage.
Turner was hitting doubles and hitting for average early, but had just one home run in 39 games before getting placed on the DL. He said on multiple occasions that once the weather heated up, many of his doubles and fly balls would turn into home runs.
He was right. Since his return the Dodgers third baseman has nine home runs in 26 games.
Turner is the first Dodgers third baseman to make the All-Star team since Mike Sharperson in 1992.
The last Dodgers third baseman to get a hit in the All-Star Game was Ron Cey in 1975. The last one to reach base was also Cey, who walked in 1979.