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The Evolution of Justin Turner

This article from Andy McCullough on Justin Turner’s rise from journeyman to the Dodgers every-day third baseman is filled with great insights. From Turner’s time in college, the sports psychology classes that helped shape his pre-at-bat routine, to the adjustments he made to his swing.

On the diamond, Ravizza helped Turner build mechanisms to combat the havoc baseball can create. Turner developed a routine that acts as his anchor, absorbed relaxation techniques to calm himself during crises and learned breathing techniques to “really focus on taking one breath at a time, which related back to playing one pitch at a time,” Ravizza said.

“It’s a routine that allows him to give 100% of what he’s got to win the next pitch,” Ravizza added. “I really think that’s what he is about: Winning the next pitch.”