It was no secret that Trea Turner was interested in playing for an East Coast team and sure enough, it happened. Last Monday, the 29-year-old signed an 11-year $300 million contract to play for the Philadelphia Phillies.
But it wasn’t until recently that he confirmed why he wanted to move out East. In his Introductory Press Conference with the Phillies, he shared with the media what drove him to sign with the Phillies amongst all the other teams in the running.
One of those main reasons is due to his family ties:
“I know my wife was very excited because growing up in Flemington, New Jersey is not too far from here so from the family aspect she was super excited.”
Lucky for both of them, Felmington, Jersey is only an hour north of the Phillies Stadium.
One thing about the Phillies that solidified the choice for Turner was their emphasis on “family” which Turner made very clear was also a big deal to him too.
“You know she said time and time again that she was leaving the baseball side up to me so I’d ask the baseball questions and what not but the family side was her doing and we’re teammates in this. We weighed all the pros and cons… and I think the family aspect was a big factor for us and you learn that through these meetings. You learn how much family means to these guys. To John to Bryce to Schwarber and other players with kids on the team. You ask them about their experiences and I remember she was excited very early on about the possibility of this and so was I from a baseball standpoint but you have to do your homework and ask your questions and it just added up.”
Although the Padres hosted Turner twice, the All-Star shortstop seemed to always have his eyes on the East Coast for both his sake and the benefit of his wife and his almost one year old son.
We’ll miss you Trea but we’re glad you were able to make the best decision for your future both in baseball and beyond the beautiful game.
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