By almost any account, Trea Turner has been one of the best shortstops in all of baseball over the last few years.
Turner, 30, established himself as star in 2020 when he finished seventh in the NL MVP voting and hit .335 with 12 home runs in a shortened season for the Washington Nationals.
He backed that up with an All-Star selection in 2021 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom he was again named an All-Star in 2022.
Turner then hit free agency this past offseason and was considered perhaps the market’s premier name.
He inked a massive 11-year, $300 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in a move that many believed would put them over the top coming off a World Series appearance.
But that hasn’t happened.
In fact, it hasn’t even come close to happening.
The Phillies are 58-50 and hold the second spot in the NL Wild Card race. But that’s no thanks to Turner, who has been downright horrific.
Turner is batting just .237 with a .291 on-base percentage. He has just 10 home runs and 34 RBIs after 21 and 100 resepctive a year ago.
And somehow his defense has been even worse than his hitting.
Turner already has 13 errors, and could well have more if not for some generous score keeping. He currently has -4 defensive runs saved, just one off his career worst of -5 in 202. And that’s with plenty of time remaining.
On Wednesday night, in a pivotal game against the Miami Marlins, Turner hit a new low.
Trea Turner’s nightmare first season continues.
— Phillies Nation (@PhilliesNation) August 3, 2023
The star shortstop went 0-5 with two strikeouts and a brutal error on a play that would have ended the game. Instead, the Marlins went on to win the game in the following inning.
Turner took ownership of the mistake.
"Obviously I'm the reason why we lost that game."
A brutally honest Trea Turner after an all-around tough night. pic.twitter.com/7qAXyQ6Jw2
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 3, 2023
But that wasn’t enough to avoid the ire of Philadelphia fans who have run out of patience.
What Rob Thomson should be doing to Trea Turner. pic.twitter.com/AbcmrvyXYs
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) August 3, 2023
Watching Trea Turner play baseball pic.twitter.com/0f6Xchdoey
— Nick Piccone (@_piccone) August 3, 2023
I want Trea Turner to do well for his own sake, but increasingly I want him to do well so everyone will stop being mad at him all the time.
— Michael Baumann (@MichaelBaumann) August 3, 2023
In theory, Turner is too good of a player to not eventually figure things out. But unless that “eventually” is sometime soon, the Phillies hopes of 2023 World Series championship may be long gone.