Dave Turgeon is a baseball coach, instructor, and teacher.
Dave Turgeon Pirates AA manager and Former Coordinator of Instructions An ISG Baseball Coach, Instructor, Teacher. Dave Turgeon spent 13 years playing professional baseball, in at least five different countries, before becoming a minor league manager and then a college coach. He was drafted in the 22nd round of the 1987 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. He split the year between the Oneonta Yankees (hitting .281/~.330/.343 in 48 games at third base) and the Prince William Yankees (.288/~.347/.348 in 18 games). In 1988, Turgeon was with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees and batted .254/~.325/.328 in 117 games. He fielded .925 in 76 games as their primary third baseman and .991 in 27 games at first. Surprisingly for a light hitter on a league with a DH (so that he could not bat in front of a pitcher), Turgeon tied Jeff Grotewold for the league lead in intentional walks (9). He outdrew players such as Dave Hansen (6), Jeff Conine (1), Juan Gonzalez (3), Sammy Sosa (0) and Tuffy Rhodes (4). With the 1989 Prince William Cannons, Turgeon played mostly first base but still saw time at third. He hit .260/~.322/.338 in 121 contests. In his last year in the Yankees farm chain (1990), Dave struggled with Fort Lauderdale (.211/~.275/.259 in 98 games) and the Albany Yankees (.179/~.233/.214 in 12 games). He mostly was a utility infielder, filling in at first base, shortstop and third base for Fort Lauderdale; with Albany, he was a third baseman exclusively. He played overseas from 1991 to 1999, during which time he was converted to pitching. He played in Holland in 1991 and France in 1992. He then moved to Taiwan in 1993 and went 11-9 with a 2.68 ERA for the China Times Eagles. The next year, Turgeon fell to 4-8, 4.02. He briefly played third base and went 0 for 1 at the plate. In 1995, Dave had a 12-6, 4.00 record for the Eagles. In his fourth season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, the right-hander was 7-6 with 7 saves and a 3.36 ERA. Turgeon moved to the Mexican League in 1997 and had a 9-6, 3.19 record for the Reynosa Broncos, posting a better ERA than win co-leader Elmer Dessens. Turgeon bounced around the world in 1998; in Taiwan, he was 0-3 with one save and a 9.95 ERA in 10 games for the Brother Elephants. In Mexico, he had a 7-8, 3.88 record for Reynosa. Finally, he returned to the USA for the first time in 8 seasons to go 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in four games for the Rochester Red Wings, his only stint in a US-based AAA league. For his final season, Turgeon pitched for Reynosa and led the team in ERA with a 3.16 mark; he was 5-5 and finished 13th in the Mexican League in ERA. Turgeon managed the Burlington (NC) Indians in 2000 and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2001. Turgeon was an assistant coach at Boston College in 2003, University of Connecticut in 2004-2005, and Duke University in 2006. He was at Virginia Tech from 2007-2010 before returning to a minor league managerial role in 2011. Turgeon's brothers Steve Turgeon (St. Louis Cardinals) and Mike Turgeon (Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants) also played minor league ball. His nephew, Erik Turgeon, plays professional baseball as well. Sources include: Virginia Tech website, 1987-1999 Baseball Almanacs, 1989 and 1991 Baseball Guides, Taiwanese baseball database by KT Chiu Twitter @daveTurgeon45 Items Discussed:                                                The focus with your players in spring training? Building Player/Coach relationship What does it mean when we talk about team culture? Critical in the development of a player are Adapt and compete, easier said then done, how do you get it done? As a manager how are responsibilities given out prior to the season? How do you stay on the same page as your coaches? During the season, how is the communication kept between the coaching staff so people do not step on each others toes. Truth over Tradition. Unprecedented times: What are you telling your players now with this time off, what to do, how to stay ready, is there a program for them? If it's a cold weather area and they are not allowed to go out? Blending skill into decision making. Asking players questions and making them part of the process. Technology? And so much more. Join us for this episode of Baseball Outside the Box! Web Site: www.caliendosportsinternational.com Web Site: www.isgbaseball.com Web Site: www.wbsc.org Baseball Educational Podcast Baseball Educational Podcast Website: BaseballOutsideTheBox.com Facebook: facebook.com/BaseballOutsideTheBox Twitter: @BaseballOut About the Show: Website: baseballoutsidethebox.com Facebook: Baseball Outside The Box Educational Podcast Twitter: @baseballout Email questions or comments to the show: info@baseballoutsidethebox.com Get Baseball Outside The Box on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Podbean, and more. Brought to you by LineupMedia.fm. The post Truth over Tradition in todays Development of players appeared first on Baseball Outside The Box.
iTunes  Stitcher Google Spotify During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Dave Turgeon, Coordinator of Instruction for the Pittsburgh Pirates. This thorough and expansive discussion covered training and transfer, techniques Dave learned while playing in different countries, his “Training the 15 Seconds” concept, how to hit the breaking ball, and the debate between block training and random training. Dave Turgeon also talks about the importance of training players to be adaptable and competitive.  Episode Highlights:  How did Dave Turgeon get involved in baseball?    Are there any things that come to mind from the different countries he played in?  What does Dave mean by training and transfer?  What are the things that Dave Turgeon has changed to improve baseball drills?  What is ‘Training the 15 Seconds? How does Dave Turgeon train for fundamental play?  Dave explains to deliberate practice and what he means by ‘Respect the Rep?’ Is block practice relevant?  How can players hit the breaking ball better?  Which ways does Dave Turgeon integrate competition into practice?  Baseball players have to be competitive and adaptable problem solvers.  What is something creative that Dave Turgeon has tried lately with his players?   Keep searching for the truth.  Is there something that Dave has learned lately that has him really excited?   What is something that Dave believes that other coaches may disagree with?   Is there anything about his training that would stand out to people?  What are some of Dave Turgeon’s favorite books and resources that have benefited his coaching?    3 Key Points: Body control directly correlates to ball control in the zone.  The difference between block training and random training is practicing movements versus practicing how to think and move at the same time.  Learning and skill acquisition need to be put at a premium and made part of competition during practice.    Tweetable Quotes: “Through the art of show, a little bit of tell and mostly do, it’s an amazing equation for acquiring skill to help you perform better.” – Dave Turgeon (10:54) “Your best pitches thrown with conviction have a really good chance of having success.” – Dave Turgeon (11:52) “Wherever you are playing, you have to learn to assimilate into that culture to win at that game, not at the one that you play. You have to figure, ‘How are they trying to beat me.” – Dave Turgeon (12:38) “The player resides in the man.” – Dave Turgeon (17:32) “It is not about feeling good as it is about performing because acquiring skills is not a feel-good exercise. It is hard, it is slow, messy, and it takes a while.” – Dave Turgeon (18:11) “You’ve got 12-15 seconds between pitches. The average major league game is about 2 hours and 55 minutes. There are about 75 minutes off in between pitch time. There are about 13-15 minutes of total action.” – Dave Turgeon (30:22) “There is some value to a block blend. But for me, the higher you go, the lower the blend of block and the more there is to the challenge variability and randomness.” – Dave Turgeon (52:46) “Number one, we’ve got to hit off the fastball to be able to adjust to hit the hanger. That’s the game. That’s the game from where you are at to the big leagues.” – Dave Turgeon (59:44) Resources Mentioned:  Ahead of the Curve Podcast Twitter: @AOTC_podcast Dave Turgeon: Twitter  Linkedin  
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Palmetto, Florida, United States of America
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3 hours, 41 seconds
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