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Intangibles: Big-League Stories and Strategies for Winning the Mental Game-In Baseball and in Life Paperback – August 15, 2012
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Geoff Miller has devised a virtually flawless program to assist anyone who aspires to become a winning major league player.
2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award
Geoff is insightful in explaining the mental aspect of baseball with real issues, simple terms and practical solutions. Players, parents, coaches and fans will be fascinated and impressed with his common sense explanation to a very complex game.
Chicago Cubs, Special Asst to the GM
Pittsburgh Pirates, General Manager (2001-2007)
About the Author
Geoff Miller is a partner at Winning Mind, LLC, a San Diego-based company that helps elite performers in sports, business, and the military perform under pressure.
The majority of Geoff's time is spent as the Mental Skills Coach for the Atlanta Braves organization. In this role, Geoff is involved with the Braves' major league team and each of its minor league affiliates, and he conducts psychological evaluations of potential draft selections for the Scouting Department. Geoff has provided mental skills coaching services to two other Major League Baseball teams as well, spending 2005-2009 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and 2010 with the Washington Nationals. In addition to MLB clients, Geoff is a resource to player agents with clients in football and basketball, and he provides individual coaching to amateur athletes in Southern California.
Geoff has lectured at the national conferences of the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Fire Protection Agency, the Golf Coaches Association of America, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas. He co-authored a chapter on Assessment in Sport Psychology in the Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Riverside, as well as a master's degree in sport psychology from San Diego State University.
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I've been a baseball fan ever since I could remember. I've always been more interested in the behind-the-scenes of the game more than the actual big stage. I like reading stories about how a player became a star or the career he had after not hacking it in the minor leagues. The book does exactly that, and delves into the mental side that professional sports rarely goes into.
Yes, the book focuses on baseball, but even if I wasn't a baseball fan, I could relate to the players, who are people just like the rest of us. They struggle through the mental side of their chosen profession just like we struggle through the mental side of our jobs and our lives. I highly recommend all baseball fans to pick up Intangibles, and I also implore non-baseball fans not to be scared off by the big baseball on the cover and give it a read. I'm pretty sure anyone and everyone will get something out of it.
You'll love reading Geoff's stories of the many very familiar names in the game he has worked with. He uses real stories to teach the reader how to best apply what he's teaching. Geoff's great knowledge and experience creates a book that you'll have trouble putting down. In a time, where signing or drafting a player is a more meticulous process than ever due to the millions upon millions of dollars at stake, strategies like the use of sabermetrics have become a prominent method for analyzing players for every team across the league. However, Geoff shows that the being able to measure the mental skills of a player is as important, arguably even more important than analyzing the numbers of a player from college, the minor leagues, or a past team when deciding whether to draft him or sign him. Numbers can't tell you if a player like Carl Crawford, who dominated in the league for years on the small market Tampa Bay Rays can play under the bright lights of Fenway Park in a big market like Boston. Numbers can't tell you if a very talented high school athlete has the ability to learn and make the adjustment when failure is inevitable, facing the kind of talent they never saw in high school. Numbers can't tell you who has the maturity to develop into a leader or who might cause some issues in the clubhouse. Those are the insights that can only come from a psychologist like Geoff Miller, who goes beyond the numbers and looks at the "intangibles" that help teams identify the players who not only have the talent, but the mental tools to go from good to great and perform at the major league level. He not only identifies these players, but develops their mental skills, and gives them the tools to succeed. I look forward to reading the next book Geoff Miller release and look forward to following his success with the Philadelphia Phillies.
For baseball fans, players, and coaches this book provides insight into the lives of professional baseball players, taking the reader into the mindset that dominates their lives. Fans will find themselves having a greater appreciation for mental toll that each player takes every time they step on the field, and in many cases, how life off the field can affect performance on the field. Players and coaches have so much to gain from reading Intangibles because it provides great tips and life lessons for dealing with the ups and downs and everything in between that players and coaches deal with at every level from little league to the Major Leagues.
What is even better about this book, is that even someone who has no intrest in baseball or sports in general can take the lessons applied in each chapter with them into their social life, their career, or even the business world.