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"The Mental ABC's of Pitching should be next to Ted Williams' The Art of Hitting on any player's bookshelf, and any team that does not give every pitcher in its organization a copy of The Mental ABC's of Pitching...is living in the dark ages." -- Peter Gammons, ESPN Baseball Analyst

"The Mental Game of Baseball is a book I've traveled with for eight years. Now I'll travel with The Mental ABC's of Pitching. Many of us are blessed with God-given talents for the baseball field, but few of us figure out the mental part of baseball to truly succeed. This book helps pitchers dedicate themselves to that aspect of the game." -- Jaime Moyer, Pitcher, Seattle Mariners

"Wherever he is in any given year, we find him and bring him in. The players wouldn't have it any other way. He 'opens doors' and provides insight like no one else. This book is vintage Dorfman. Every player and coach will have one." -- Pat Murphy, Head Baseball Coach, Arizona State University

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Dorfman is a renowned sport psychologist. He is currently a full-time consultant in sport psychology for the Scott Boras Corporation, which represents baseball players.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888698292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888698299
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an assistant coach at the University of Virginia and love Dorfman's work (see The Mental Game of Baseball). The information he provides in this book allows pitchers to take control of their performance. So often, players work hard, but cannot figure out why they don't perform better. This book shares the experience of a person who has actually taught major league pitchers how to perform near the highest level that their ability allows. It is well-written and a must for any high school (and up) pitcher who truly wants to find out how good he can be (that is - he is willing to pay the price of hard work for success on and off the field).
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This is a really beautiful book to read. It is a must for all pitchers and their coaches. But it is more than that because it is also about life in general though especially relevant to anyone who loves baseball. It is about being philosophical about our failures and being courageous enough to go out to win in the face of them. In that sense anyone who reads this book will feel a little wiser about life both on and perhaps also off-field regardless of whether they are a baseball player or not.
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Picked this book up going into the 14u all-star season this summer after seeing a college pitcher reading it during a televised NCAA game. I figured if it was good enough for her, maybe I should check it out and I am glad that I did.

The A,B,C format makes it more of a reference book than a cover-to-cover read. So, I skimmed the various chapters, like Finishing Hitters where he reminds the pitcher to Work Ahead, and Stay Ahead and not let up after going up 0-2 on a batter or trying too hard to throw a perfect pitch. I reviewed several of these concepts with my daughter at home and got to use them in our first tournament this weekend. My daughter came in to relieve a struggling starter and I would periodically call out some of these reminders for different situations, "Attack the Zone", "Work Ahead, Stay Ahead", etc...

The game was tied when she came in and she was able to shutout the other team the remaining 4 innings with 6 strikeouts and we end up winning. (actually took 2nd place in the tourney) I really think this book was helpful in keeping her head in the right place. I recommend it.
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There are some good ideas in here, but the book is very wordy. Probably could have been cut down to about 40% of the length if the author wasn't trying to be Mark Twain. Baseball players don't need a bunch of jib-jab. Just get to the point.
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In the Jim Bouton baseball classic "Ball Four", Mr. Bouton said something like: "After ten years in this game, I'm just now starting to realize that ninety percent of baseball is psychological". While no book may be able to prove that Jim's statement is true, this book will at the very least show you the importance of understanding the mental game within the dusty diamond. While much of the explorations take place on the mound, the lessons found in this excellent book are also applicable to all of baseball and, perhaps even more importantly, to life in general. I highly recommend this book for musicians and writers as well. As a musician and writer myself, I was able to apply many of the topics discussed in this book to my creative work and performances. It is well written and succinct on the subjects it discusses; not a lot of filler here. It's like reading a conversation with that life mentor you always wanted, but a mentor who is a bit pressed for time, so they cut out the lengthy anecdotes and fluff and get down to nitty-gritty of what they really want to teach you. A baseball book with few equals, and a stunning glance into the mind of a strategic and competitive genius, after reading this alphabetized guide of baseball knowledge you'll feel much more prepared when you step up to the plate, whether that's at home, at work, or at play. And who knows, with the help of H.A. Dorfman you might even throw a perfect game or knock one right out of the park. And at least this time you might have a better understanding of why and how you did it when you watch the ball fly over the fence and take a victory lap around the bases. Buy it. This is the no-hitter of books.
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The Mental ABC's of Pitching is a great book that should be read by all pitchers. It is full of good advice and tips. Being a pitcher myself, it has really helped me perform and pitch better than before. It covers every letter of the alphabet, each letter having at least one word. Stories about former pitchers are common. Overall it is a great book.
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Well written with insights into attitudes and beliefs that can move a person away from self limitations, and towards better performance, less anxiety, and more joy in whatever you attempt. Dorfman was quite a guy. Went through all topics with 2 sons, who both went on to pitch in college. Insights definitely not limited to pitching.
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This book is awesome. A must have for the young or old pitcher. I am 66 and was struggling with my control and other issues. I am a work in progress but getting better everyday. This book breaks it down from A to Z and gives a bullet point at the end of each chapter on what the pitcher should do. This game and especially pitching is so much mental. This book will give you a better understanding of how to work through so many issues and make you a better pitcher and person. Love it!!!!!!!!!
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