You know how people always say that a person’s record speaks for itself, let’s just say that veteran baseball player Justin Turner has finally got the deserved reward for his philanthropic efforts in Loss Angeles as the LA City Council declared the 22nd of January 2019 as Justin Turner Day. He currently plays with the Los Angeles Dodgers of MLB (Major League Baseball) as the 3rd baseman and has been active in philanthropy since he founded his charity organization known as Justin Turner Foundation. This article will take you through his personal as well as professional life.
Justin Turner’s Biography (Age)
Born on the 23rd of December, 1984, Justin Turner is of South American ethnicity but was born in Long Beach, California which makes him an American national. His family is rather a small one comprising of his mother, father and one younger sister whose identity has never been revealed by any source
The famed baseball player did well on the academic front. Though there is no record of his early education, he joined Mayfair High School located in Lakewood, California where he played active baseball. Justin went ahead to earn the All-Suburban first-team honors in his capacity as a shortstop and second baseman for three good times. During his senior year, he hit .514 in the league which earned him the honors of most valuable player en route to a league title.
Upon his high school graduation, Justin Turner proceeded to California State University, located in Fullerton and graduated with a major in Kinesiology. His days in college were packed full with sporting activities, he joined the Titans where he played college baseball, and in 2003, just after he assumed the role of the starting second baseman, Justin earned the honors for Freshman All American from Baseball America. The rising baseball star was named to the College World Series all-tournament team for 2003 in his capacity as a shortstop. The 2004 College World Series saw his school winning a two-game final over Texas.
Justin Turner’s first official drafting came the next year when he was selected by the New York Yankees in the 29th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. However, he declined to sign for reasons best known to him, but he signed with the Cincinnati Reds receiving the sum of $50,000 bonus when they selected him as the 204th overall in the 7th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft.
Girlfriend, Family of Justin Turner
Justin Turner’s family is not a very large one; he only has his mum Betsy Turner, his dad John Turner and one sibling – a younger sister though not identified. Other details of his family life are not known.
However, his love life is an open book; he tied the connubial knot with his soul mate Kourtney Pogue during the last month of 2017. Their wedding was rather lavish – a three-day affair hosted at a popular beachfront resort in Mexico. The ceremony was graced by a total of 200 guests; notable among them is Orel Hershiser – renowned former baseball pitcher who officiated at the ceremony.
The coupe’s engagement was just three months old when they decided to take their relationship to the next level, though they had been dating since 2012 which was even before Justin Turner started growing a beard. However, how they met has never been reported.
On her own part, the wife of Justin Turner is an alumnus of UCLA and she has her roots in Indiana. She comes across as a fun-loving as well as an adventurous lady. Kourtney is an animal lover, who enjoys spending quality time with family and close friends and loves traveling with her superstar husband.
2016 saw the finalization of Justin’s deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The contract which is worth $64 million will see him receive $4 million as signing bonus, $12 million as annual salary in 2017, $11 million as earnings in 2018, an income of $18 million in 2019 and in 2020, the sum of $19 million as salary. His net worth is estimated at $18 million.
Facts About The Baseball Player
Justin Turner’s height is listed as 5 feet 9 inches with a bodyweight of 93kg. He is a natural blonde with eyes that are brown in color. However, the details of his other body statistics are not public knowledge.
Along with his wife, the baseball player founded the Justin Turner Foundation – an organization which benefits kids battling life-changing illnesses, veterans as well as several youth baseball organizations. The foundation is known for hosting a yearly charity golf tournament; they have gone into partnership with the Dream Center, Paralyzed Veterans of America and 17Strong. They serve as an official charity for the benefit of LA Marathon. To honor his impact on the community, the LA City Council declared the 22nd of January 2019 “Justin Turner Day.
Social media profile
The baseball star has a lot of presence on social media platforms; he is on Instagram with way above 383k following, 87k on Facebook and his Twitter account can boast of more than 139k followers.