The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performanceby H. A. Dorfman, Karl Kuehl
The dominance of the Oakland A's in the late 1980s reflects the success of the sports psychology and performance enhancement program developed by H.A.Dorfman, Instructor/Counselor, and Karl Kuehl, A's administrator. Their program helped produce three Rookies of the year, two MVPs, two Cy Dorfman was also a part of the 1997 World Championship season of the Florida Marlins. Having been with the Marlins from 1994-97, he moved to the challenges of another expansion team, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, in 1998.
Throughout every level of the A's and Marlins, the importance of developing mental skills and strategies which, when combined with physical talents, help a player acheive his peak performance was emphasized and taught. Here in The Mental Game of Baseball, they present their proven and practical program for developing the mental mechanics of the game. The theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from many 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.
The Mental Game of Baseball, is intended for players, managers, coaches, agents, and administrators at every level of the game, as well as for fans who want a more indepth look at the make-up of the complete baseball player.
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Meet 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.
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I bought this book for myself to better support my son as he became interested in excelling at baseball. I found it to be the best synthesis of essential elements of peak performance of anything I've read: on the field (baseball or otherwise) or off. I have since recommended or given this book to players and parents with fabulous results. READ THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME - ANYWHERE.