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Mental Toughness: A Champion's State of Mind Hardcover – April 28, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee, Publisher (April 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566636175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566636179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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. (H. A. Dorfman)

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. (Keith Lieppman, Oakland A's director of player development)

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. (Charlie Maher, Team Psychologist, Cleveland Indians)

...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. (Mike Candrea, Head Coach, 2004 gold medal-winning USA Softball Olympic team)

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. (Mark A. Shapiro, General Manager of the Cleveland Indians)

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. (Rich Harden, starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics)

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. (Orel Hershiser, Former Cy Young Award winner, World Series MVP, pitching coach for the Texas Rangers)

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. (Don Sutton, Hall of Fame Pitcher, 324 wins, never missed a turn in the rotation in his 23 year career)

This book is comprised of great stories, which I think could apply not only in sports but in the game of life. (Gary Carter, Hall of Fame Catcher, MVP in two World Series, 11 time All-Star)

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. (Mark McGwire)

Very impressive. This book should be a must-read for young players desiring to learn to succeed. (Dusty Baker, Chicago Cubs Manager)

Athletes—especially teen athletes—will benefit from this solid self-help guide. (Library Journal)

Many of the lessons are valuable to life in general...in school, in business settings, even over the poker table. (Daniel Gabriel)

Use the lessons offered up from the sports world...and apply them to virtually every aspect of business: it works. (Diane C. Donovan Midwest Book Review)

Athletes and coaches of any sport will appreciate the aspects of Mental Toughness. (Burt Angeli Daily News)

This well-done study will be useful to players, coaches, and students of the game of life. (M.L. Krotee, North Carolina State University CHOICE)

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. (Burrelles Luce)

The best teaching and learning tool I've ever seen in baseball.... Required reading for everyone in the game. (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. (Roland Hemond)

About the Author

Karl Kuehl is special adviser for baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians. Formerly manager of the Montreal Expos, he has also been a minor league manager; a coach for the Minnesota Twins; a scout for Houston, Seattle, and Milwaukee; and director of player development for the Oakland A's. He wrote The Mental Game of Baseball with Harvey Dorfman.
John Kuehl played in the minor league organizations of the Oakland A's and the San Diego Padres, and was named to three all-star teams before injuries abbreviated his baseball career. He has been a regional scout for the A's and has managed in the minor leagues for their organization.
Casey Tefertiller wrote on baseball for the San Francisco Examiner and is now a staff correspondent for Baseball America. His earlier book, Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1997 and a History Book Club selection.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clint Myers on May 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The mental part of the athlete's game will determine their personal success and development. This book teaches individuals how to learn control over the dynamics of life. There is great insight into areas of character, values, focus, concentration and confidence. This book is required reading for the ASU Softball team and has helped all of us make positive adjustments in our lives both on and off the field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J. Potter on May 22, 2006
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You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy MENTAL TOUGHNESS. The premises, examples and advice are universal for anyone seeking to improve the game of life. It is a book that can be read many times and each time the reader will gain insights to help reach their potential be it as an athlete, or a professional or amateur in any field. It is a must read for anyone trying to improve their game. The examples of real baseball experiences bring home the importance of the mental aspect of any challenge.
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Even if you're not a baseball player this book is a good read. As a coach we're always looking for the edge to take our team to the next level. This book provided insights that one could use for any sport.
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