Mental Toughness: Baseball's Winning Edge

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Working from a combined vast experience, the authors break down the elements of mental toughness into a package that is easy to understand for players, managers, coaches, and parents. Their goal is winning baseball. They show how every at-bat or pitch is a test, particularly as players advance to higher levels. The book will help build attitude, confidence, and the ability to focus and make adjustments, helping players reach their maximum performance. In Mental Toughness, many leading professional players share ...
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Overview

Working from a combined vast experience, the authors break down the elements of mental toughness into a package that is easy to understand for players, managers, coaches, and parents. Their goal is winning baseball. They show how every at-bat or pitch is a test, particularly as players advance to higher levels. The book will help build attitude, confidence, and the ability to focus and make adjustments, helping players reach their maximum performance. In Mental Toughness, many leading professional players share their insights and offer a glimpse into the minds of major leaguers—how they think and why they act in the ways they do. Praise for Mental Toughness: "A very important book...it should be required reading for all professional players."—Keith Lieppman, Oakland A's director of player development. "I wish I'd had Mental Toughness around when I was a kid trying to figure out how to get to the big leagues and the Hall of Fame. It's a great book."—Don Sutton, Hall of Fame pitcher. "I can't imagine a better helper than Mental Toughness. It's a book that can show you how important the mental game is, and how to master it."—Orel Hershiser, Cy Young Award winner.
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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine
Each chapter has sound advice on how to achieve a positive attitude on and off the field.
Burrelles Luce
By the end of Mental Toughness you're revved up and ready to give it your best...or shrivel to the ground out of hopelessness.
CHOICE - M.L. Krotee
This well-done study will be useful to players, coaches, and students of the game of life.
Daily News - Burt Angeli
Athletes and coaches of any sport will appreciate the aspects of Mental Toughness.
Midwest Book Review - Diane C. Donovan
Use the lessons offered up from the sports world...and apply them to virtually every aspect of business: it works.
Daniel Gabriel
Many of the lessons are valuable to life in general...in school, in business settings, even over the poker table.
Dusty Baker
Very impressive. This book should be a must-read for young players desiring to learn to succeed.
Mark McGwire
Mental Toughness is so good that it is a must-read for future athletes and non-athletes alike. Reading this book will put everyone far ahead of the game. From all my experiences as an athlete, your mind controls everything. The sooner you learn how to match the mind with the physical ability, the sky is the limit. Good luck and good reading.
Gary Carter
This book is comprised of great stories, which I think could apply not only in sports but in the game of life.
Don Sutton
I wish I'd had Mental Toughness around when I was a kid trying to figure out how to get to the big leagues and the Hall of Fame. It's a great book. It helps players, coaches, parents, and people in every walk of life figure out how to turn losses into speed bumps rather than roadblocks. Every agent and every team ought to be required to give this book to the players they represent and sign.
Orel Hershiser
Getting to know my own mental skills and the minds of my opponents has always helped me be a tougher competitor. If that's something you aspire to, I can't imagine a better helper than Mental Toughness. It's a book that can show you how important the mental game is, and how to master it.
Rich Harden
Reading a book about strength training won't make you strong, and reading this book won't make you a champion...but apply what you learn from this book and there's no end to what you can accomplish.
Mark A. Shapiro
The authors in Mental Toughness utilize their expertise and experiences in baseball to break down the definable aspects of the mental domain that make a player a champion. The lessons are easily read and applied-and although they pertain to baseball, will help to make anyone who reads this book more effective in their field whether it is the office or on the diamond.
Mike Candrea
...The thing that separates the great players from the good players is their mental stability and anyone that's serious about being successful would gain a lot by reading this book because there's a tremendous amount of information. That information is not only good for the athletes but good for anyone that wants to understand competition or understand life.
Charlie Maher
This book is a rock solid compendium for baseball players, and softball players too, in understanding the mental side of the game and for engaging in sustained competitive performance.
Keith Lieppman
There are powerful tools in this book that will enable players to unlock their potential.... It is a very important book, and it should be required reading for all professional players.... This book will not only make its readers better players, but it will help them to become better people.
H. A. Dorfman
The term 'mental toughness' seems to have meant many things to many people. Few have troubled themselves to define it thoughtfully and thoroughly. Here is a book whose authors have done just that. Their expansive and specific treatment of the subject will both satisfy and enlighten the reader. Baseball players at every level will surely be able to apply the book's practical principles to their own performance. Non-players will take away a greater understanding of the subject-and have a very enjoyable reading experience that provides anecdote and insight.
Roland Hemond
Mental Toughness is the best teaching and learning tool I've ever seen in baseball. It's a long-awaited missing link to success, not only for players but for coaches too. I think it should be required reading for everyone in the game.
KLIATT - Janet Julian
Intended as advice for players, managers, coaches, and parents, Mental Toughness has lessons for anyone who wants to succeed in life. Major League players such as Jackie Robinson, Orel Hershiser, Mark McGwire, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Carl Yastzemski, Derek Jeter and many others are featured. Even Stevie Wonder, Tiger Woods, and Stephen Hawking attest to the fact that mental toughness is the key to success. After all, Jim Abbott pitched in the majors even though he had only one hand. Each chapter has sound advice on how to achieve a positive attitude on and off the field. Tips for pitchers, hitters, fielders and catchers are specific; it's emphasized that they can be learned. The authors maintain, "Mental toughness is a skill, not a talent or a gift of nature. It is learned and developed.... It is, very often, the difference between being a talented person and being a successful one." A brief bibliography and index complete this inspirational volume that is aimed at but not limited to baseball players.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637237
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/19/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 238,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Kuehl is special adviser for baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians and formerly manager for the Montreal Expos; he wrote The Mental Game of Baseball with Harvey Dorfman. He lives in Fountain Hills, AZ, near Phoenix. John Kuehl has been a player, scout and manager for the Oakland A's organization. He lives in Anthem, AZ, near Phoenix. Casey Tefertiller wrote on baseball for the San Francisco Examiner and is now a staff correspondent for Baseball America. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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