Originally written April 01, 2013 on Mets360.com:
When most of us think of Justin Turner, we think of the fun-loving guy who walks to the plate to the girly pop sounds of “Call Me Maybe” and who likes to deliver shaving cream pies to the faces of unsuspecting teammates when they are being interviewed on TV. But according to minor leaguers Zach Lutz and Brian Bixler, that’s all a carefully designed act to portray Turner as a wacky guy when in reality he is a conniver, a Svengali who uses manipulation to get management to yield to his every wish. Bixler, Lutz and Turner were all in competition for a backup roster spot this season. Bixler put up a .949 OPS but was the first player of the trio eliminated from job consideration. The battle between Lutz and Turner went down to the last day before the Mets picked the veteran Turner (with a .660 OPS) over Lutz, who finished Grapefruit League play with a .794 OPS. “Everyone thinks JT is a great guy but trust me, none of us wants to be alone anywhere in the locker room with him, especially i...
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