Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is a candidate for Marvin Miller award.

Justin Turner

Third baseman Justin Turner co-leads the Dodgers with 27 home runs this season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is one of three finalists for the Marvin Miller Man Of The Year Award, given by the MLB Players’ Association to the player “who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community.”

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are the other finalists.

Turner has been involved with the Los Angeles Dream Center and its annual Back to School Bash that distributed 2,000 backpacks to LA youth in need, an eponymous golf tournament, and a Christmas bicycle giveaway, among other causes.

Turner co-leads the Dodgers with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs this season, both career highs, and his glovework this year puts him among the league’s leading third basemen. The 31-year-old from Long Beach is a free agent at the end of the season.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.