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Author Stadler, Michael A.

Title The psychology of baseball : inside the mental game of the major league player / Mike Stadler.

Publication Info. New York : Gotham Books, [2007]


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 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  796.357 STADLER    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Lower Level  796.357 STADLER    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  796.357 ST12    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Adult Department  796.357 STADLER    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  796.357 ST    Check Shelf
Description xv, 271 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Psychologist Stadler goes beneath the surface of the game to explore the psychology behind the actions of the game's greats. He begins with the mind's role in the game's basic skills, explaining the anticipatory thinking that can make a hitter see a "rising fastball," the complex muscular coordination required to throw a major league heater, and the intense spatial calculations the brain must perform in a split second in order for a fielder to catch a struck ball. He then discusses the hidden nature of streaks and slumps, explaining why a "hot" hitter is most likely just getting lucky and why there's no such thing as a clutch hitter. He also looks at the psychological basis of the so-called "sophomore slump" and the effect that a big-money contract has on a player's performance, and explains what traits are most associated with success at the highest levels.--From publisher description.
Contents Introduction -- ch. 1. Hitting is 50% mental -- ch. 2. Intercepting the ballistic baseball -- ch. 3. The mind on the mound -- ch. 4. Choosing up sides -- ch. 5. Streaks and slumps -- ch. 6. Psychology in the bleachers -- Notes -- Index.
Subject Baseball -- Psychological aspects.
ISBN 9781592402755
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