The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance

The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance

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In this book, authors H.A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance at every level of the game.The theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from major and minor league players, who at some point discovered the importance of mastering the inner game in order to play baseball as it should be played. Intended for players, managers, coaches, agents, and administrators as well as fans who want a more in-depth look at the makeup of the complete baseball player.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630761820
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 85,231
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

H.A. Dorfman was a noted sports psychologist as well as a sports psychology counselor with the Scott Boras Agency. Recognized as a leading sports psychologist across the world, Dorfman was also a columnist and freelance journalist with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald. He has authored three other books: Coaching the Mental Game, The Mental ABC's of Pitching, and The Mental Keys to Hitting.

Karl Kuehl was a baseball scout, farm system official, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. Throughout his career, he worked with teams such as the Montreal Expos, the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics. He was the co-author of two books: The Mental Game of Baseball and A Champion's State of Mind.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Wolff ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1

1 Where Does it Start? 1

2 Establishing Proper Goals 5

3 Expectations 21

4 Dedication 42

5 Responsibility 60

6 Attitudes 74

7 Confidence 89

8 Learning 105

9 Preparation 120

10 Visualization 138

11 Concentration 151

12 Mental Discipline 178

13 Relaxation 248

14 The Winning Way 261

Part 2

Introduction 275

15 Hitting 277

16 Pitching 290

17 Fielding 312

18 Baserunning 321

Appendix: Task-Specific Goals 331

Player Self-Evaluation Forms 338

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although written specifically for ballplayers, the approach presented in this book would help anyone who wants to improve themselves and their lives. It provides a practical example of the application of cognitive behavioral skills that can help anyone. I highly recommend it, not just for ballplayers or baseball enthusiasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when I still played ball but now I'm re-reading it to see how I can improve in my practice studio as a musician and in life in general. Judging by the number of passages I highlighted, its applicability to this endeavor cannot be overstated. If you want to improve in your craft, whatever it may be, this book is definitely worth your time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I play softball and i love this book everyone plzzzz read!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helps not only in tight and stressful situiations, it gives tips to help concentrate on anythin you want to. It includes quotes and accutate examples to help the reader understand just what the author is trying to describe. Im 14 and a baseball player with thats a known hothead. I personally saw improvement in my attitude and performince the gamafter i started reading this book, and i know how to apply it to everyday life