Trea Turner Mar 19, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; USA shortstop Trea Turner (8) circles the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against Cuba at LoanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

We would say that Trea Turner has been swinging a hot bat during the World Baseball Classic. But that would undersell it.

Heading into the final game against Japan, Turner had four home runs in the event. Two of those came in Team USA’s victory over Cuba in the semifinals. Another came in the quarterfinals when Turner hit a grand slam that ended up being the game-winning hit in the American team’s victory over Venezuela.

With one out in the top of the second inning of Tuesday’s final against Japan, Turner came to the plate with the score tied at zero.

He launched his fifth home run of the tournament, giving his team an early 1-0 lead.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Turner to a $300 million deal in the offseason. The team’s Twitter page expressed great excitement over Turner’s continued WBC heroics.

Others in the MLB world were similarly astonished at Turner’s fifth home run.

While Turner’s run isn’t unprecedented in the history of the World Baseball Classic, it is close. In the previous four WBC’s, nobody has had more home runs than Turner’s five, while only one player has matched his total in a single event.

He seems to enjoy hitting at LoanDepot Park. And now that Turner is back in the National League East, he’ll get more chances to do that during the season.

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