“To go what I went through in NY, made me a better player and better person.”
Justin Turner is the 32 year-old third baseman of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Turner attended Cal State Fullerton and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. Turner was traded from the Reds to the Baltimore Orioles. Turner has played in the Major Leagues with the Orioles, New York Mets, and Dodgers. Justin Turner became an All-Star for the first time in 2017.
Justin Turner’s rise to stardom is a great story! He has gone from utility man to All-Star to Post Season hero. Turner was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 National League Championship Series. Justin Turner held his own with the Mets, but they released him. Turner met Marlon Byrd at the end of Turner’s final season (2013) with the Mets. Their conversations helped change Turner’s career! Byrd pushed Turner to change his approach to hitting. Turner ultimately “bought in” and added a leg kick, lowered his hands, and started to drive the ball instead of just trying to make contact. Turner got more “loft” into his swing and the results were incredible! Turner, who never had doubledigit home run totals, has hit 16, 27, and 21 home runs the last three seasons! Launch angle!
A. It’s never too late to change your approach.
B. If you are having some success (Turner was a Major League player for several years) be open minded on how you can improve.
C. There’s no substitute for hard work, provided you are working smart! Justin Turner has a great work ethic and is now a star!