Not about his selection, to be sure. He was furious that teammates
"I'll say it loud and clear again," Jansen said. "It's the Dodger fans' fault."
The Dodgers have the best record in the league, and no elected starters. The
Seager, at least, was elected by the players as a reserve. Turner was not, relegated to a five-man vote-off in hopes of securing his first career All-Star appearance.
"J.T. deserved to be an All-Star for the last three years," Jansen said.
The Dodgers had four players selected: Jansen, Seager, pitcher Clayton Kershaw and first baseman-outfielder Cody Bellinger. Outfielder Mike Trout was the Angels' lone selection.
Trout made the All-Star team for the sixth consecutive season, an elected starter for the fifth consecutive season. At 25, he already has tied Rod Carew and Jim Fregosi for the most All-Star appearances in franchise history.
Kershaw became the first Dodgers player to be named to seven consecutive All-Star teams since
Turner, 32, said he would happily accept an All-Star invitation — in the final vote, as an injury replacement, or by any other means.
"I'm not like Belly and Corey," Turner said. "I'm getting up there in age. Whatever opportunity I get, I'll gladly take it."
Turner is batting .382, with an on-base-plus-slugging percentage over 1.000. He does not rank in the top 10 among NL third basemen in plate appearances. However, he ranks first in WAR (wins above replacement), a statistic that counts value in each game played rather than a rate per game.
"I can't imagine myself a better first half than I'm having right now," Turner said. "If it's not in the cards, then it's not in the cards."
The Dodgers are on pace to lead the major leagues in attendance for the fifth consecutive season, but All-Star voting no longer is done at the ballpark. It's all online now.
The Dodgers have not had an elected starter since Yasiel Puig in 2014; they have not had an elected infielder since Jeff Kent in 2005. According to the Dodgers' media guide, they have not had more than one elected starter since 1980 — the last time the All-Star game was held at Dodger Stadium.
Maybe Dodgers fans don’t care about the game since
Maybe fans don't care about voting for players the team can't seem to arrange for all to see on television, a blackout deep into its fourth season.
Maybe fans who would vote online don't care to do so because the Dodgers are one of three major league teams whose hometown fans can't stream the games online — even if they pay for the games on cable.
Maybe fans aren't voting for stars because the Dodgers' current management relentlessly emphasizes depth over stars.
Whatever the case might be, Turner is up for another vote. He's a Dodger, so history suggests he won't win. He said he won't campaign.
"I feel like I've been campaigning for three months on the field," he said.
Said Seager: "We're going to have to promote him a lot, to get him in there. He really does deserve it."
Seager lost the shortstop vote to
It's worth a shot, right? Would Seager promise Turner a farm animal if he makes the All-Star game?
"No," Seager said. "I don't know if I can pull that one off."