Trea Turner reveals secrets behind jump throw, burning calories

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 10, 2018 - 3:35 pm

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Trea Turner has received some flack for his Derek Jeter-esque jump throws this season, but the Nationals shortstop insists the eye-catching technique is more than just for show.

Speaking with Grant & Danny Tuesday, Turner explained how he incorporated the jump throw into his game, with the assistance of veteran infielder Brendan Ryan.

"I think they think I'm just trying to make it look cool, when really I'm just trying to be consistent," Turner said. "I've never been good at throwing on the run, it's something that I've always kind of struggled with. A couple years ago, I got a chance to play with Brendan Ryan, and Brendan Ryan had done it in a game. I started to talk to him about it and started trying it, I felt like I threw so much better when I started doing it on the run."

"I've kinda gotten heat from it I guess, here and there, but I really don't care. It helps a lot, and I think in the last two years I've made one bad throw on it however many times I've done it, which is apparently too much, but I think it's something that's helped me grow, it's helped me become a lot better defender. I'm happy I got a chance to talk to Brendan Ryan about it, he helped me a lot."

Turner recently began wearing a Whoop strap, which charts things like daily exercise and sleep patterns, and made a striking discovery, that he burns around 3,000 calories daily before he even arrives at the ballpark.

"Via workout, or via like just walking around?" Paulsen asked.

Turner: "Uh... via breathing."

If only all of us were so lucky. 

"It's a blessing and a curse, I guess," Turner added. "Right now, it would be nice to, you know, long season, to obviously keep that weight on, but I think it'll be nice later in life so I'm not complaining."

Turner's unconventional jump throw and "fitness routine" have paid dividends. Turner possesses one of the top-10 fielding percentages among National League shortstops, and still has a chance to make the All-Star Game via the Final Vote

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