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The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance [Kindle Edition]

H. A. Dorfman , Karl Kuehl
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Without a doubt the classic guide to mental performance enhancement for baseball. Here in the third edition, 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.

Editorial Reviews


This is the most helpful book I've ever read. I, along with several of my teammates refer to Mental Game of Baseball as the 'Baseball Bible.' (Al Letier, New York Mets)

Coaching the Mental Game is a must for managers and coaches at every level. (Peter Gammons ESPN the Magazine)

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4729 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Third Edition edition (May 31, 1989)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L62HMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for serious baseball players March 27, 2001
By A Customer
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I have three boys who play ball from little league to college teams. When they are in high school, I give them a copy of this book. More than any new glove or bat, more than 100 hours of cage time, more than any clinic, this book is the single most influential thing I can do to help them get better. The concepts in this book are applicable to most facets of life, but are set in the context of baseball. Look, I've seen the inflated ratings for books here, but I believe this one really deserves a 5. A lot of books on sports psychology seem like fluff to me. You've heard it: "Take a deep breath, focus, sharpen your vision, control your emotions." Huh? This book is meaty and informative. It tells stories that illustrate not only why it is so critical to improve mentally, but gives proven examples of how. The book is full of testimonials and examples from major league players. I couldn't say it is the first and last word on the subject of mental baseball, but it is BY FAR, the single best source I've read. I agree with the review above that this book is a MUST read for anyone serious about improving in baseball, and certainly for anyone hoping to play at the higher levels.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK BEFORE ANY OTHERS! August 7, 2001
By A Customer
My son is an 11 yr old travel baseball player. While fundamentally sound, recovery from a mistake, a bad at-bat, individual focus and concentration have always been challenging. This comprehensive, insightful book on the mental aspect of performance is simply amazing -- I couldn't put it down. Immediately after reading I began implementing the mental tips provided in this book. The results were instantaneous! His concentration, visualization, focus and relaxation improvements translated directly into improved performance. Batting avg sored and pitching performance increased dramatically. Through visualization of proper techniques, written goals and the ability to relax, he was 2nd on the team in BA during 2001 USSSA world series w/ .483 avg and was winning pitcher in the championship game against Puerto Rico. Without the techniques in this book, I have no doubt his performance would not have been as successful. I take the book with me every where to use as a reference -- pages are highlighted and becoming frayed. Make no mistake....if you have an established player looking to improve, buy this book before any other. In my opinion, this book will benefit even the most advanced player!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical guide to understanding self doubt July 25, 1999
I was given this book as a freshman in college where I played for a Division I school. Actually, every player on the pitching staff was given the book. Understanding my own self doubt and being able take advantage of the situation clearly helped me become one of the top 5 ERA leaders in the country my junior year in college. I have read the book every year to understand and manage the self doubt I feel when the pressure of a situations mounts. Reading one chapter of the book will allow any serious ballplayer to recognize the principles and words the book is portraying. This book is a must read for any competitive spirit, whether it be sports or professional life, because it incorporates all those fears you have always encountered and shows you how to control them and use them to your advantage. In fact, as a litigation lawyer, I often read a couple of chapters of the book before going to trial.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide for Ballplayers at All Levels March 2, 2002
By vickie
As a softball player, it's difficult to find good books about softball, especially from a mental aspect. Although baseball may have it's strategic differences compared to softball, this book is a great resource for anyone who plays ball. As a college softball player, I've used this book throughout my high school and collegiate years. When I get into a slump, get down on myself, or just feel frustrated, I return to this book. It has been essential to my success as a player. Before the start of offical practices each winter, I reread the book. I've highlighted it, underlined it, and bookmarked specific passages.
I've always considered the mental game of a sport far more important than the physical and this book has helped widen my eyes even more to that aspect of the game. I highly suggest buying this book if you play the sport, coach it, or even love it. It has some great points and some great stories from professional players. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to truely understand the game of baseball.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Years of Application November 14, 2002
By A Customer
I read this book as a freshman in college while playing intercollegiate baseball. I can honestly say that the things I learned and applied to my life as a ballplayer have stuck with me over the years. I have since gone on to a top-rated graduate school and a great job. I learned to formulate goals, think positively, and maintain focus and intensity though practicing what this book describes. If you like baseball, but don't play, this book is great as you apply it's principles as I have done over the years. If you do play, it will help you focus on getting the most out of your abilities.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book for just about anyone May 6, 2004
I bought this book because I am a baseball fan and my sons play ball as well. I am also an experienced musician who played professionally for some years. I found the book to be a "must read" for ANY performer (athlete, musician, dancer, etc) and a great book for anyone seeking personal success in any pursuit. If you like The Inner Game of Music, or A Soprano On Her Head, you need to get this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Husband purchased this book in order to assist him with youth baseball coaching and to gain knowledge in the sport.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Bertot
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be called the Mental Game of Life
I know nothing about baseball. Don't even really watch it. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book about baseball
This book is excellent. I purchased it after our son had a bad season with his coach. he let him get into his head and had a horrible year hitting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diane M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars mandatory
An absolute must read for any coach or player who is serious about taking their game to the next level
Published 3 months ago by James Freel
4.0 out of 5 stars nice reference
I'm liking this book so far. I do which I would have picked it up when I was younger. I'll probably give it to my kids if they want to play.
Published 5 months ago by Donovan
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was better written...
I was prepared to love this book. I was aware of Dorfman's work with the Oakland A's, and the recent publication of "Just Tell Me I Can't" by one of his most ardent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Instructional Book From A Baseball Legend
Harvey Dorfman may not be a legend to most baseball fans, but he is to many of the best players in the game who credit him with helping such greats as Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by James Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book...Son loves the life lessons!!
Son loves the life lessons!!
Book is teaching him that lessons in baseball pertain to lessons in how to always live you life.
Published 7 months ago by Debra K Wornell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent approach to the most neglected area of youth baseball
This book presents those aspects of the game that unfortunately are not included in the training of young players, from little league and up. Read more
Published 8 months ago by AGM
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect baseball read
It is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the game & how you think about playing the game...successfully.
Published 8 months ago by D.Garrett
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