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The Psychology of Baseball: Inside the Mental Game of the Major League Player

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Get inside the minds of the stars of the diamond in this extraordinary tour of brain power, psyche, and sheer will.

Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Even so, the Yankee great may have underestimated the brain power professional baseball players routinely draw on to perform such astounding feats of athleticism as hitting 98

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Gotham (first published 2007)
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John Lee
This book talks only a little bit about psychology, and those parts are definitely the least interesting in the book. It presents itself as kind of a primer to psychological thought related to baseball, and goes through a variety of aspects of baseball in relation to neuroscience and psychology, such as pitching, fielding, batting, streakiness, and so on. The first three sections, on the actual mechanics of playing baseball, were extremely interesting and enlightening, with enough technical desc ...more
Diego Gonzalez
If you are a die-hard baseball fan or even a competitive player yourself, then this book will bring a whole new vision on the game to you. After reading this book, I learned about a lot of terms that I didn't even know about, let alone know that they were scientific terms that describe certain aspects of baseball. This book introduces the physics part of our national pastime sport, referring to such terms as ballistics and trigonometry. Author Mike Stadler uses major league examples of how the p ...more
Ivan Taylor
I liked this book. It was about the real psychological studies related to baseball. It was not just about opinions. I especially liked the discussion of psychological toughness.
What I liked and hated about this book was the repeated demystification of several steadfast baseball concepts, such as the rising fastball and clutch hitters. A potent mix of psychology backed by much statistical data and apparent fandom, this tome occasionally veers a little too deep into the data for my taste. Although the author tried to temper his psych presentation, as explained in the afterword, I did sometimes find myself furiously re-reading sections to try and grasp them. This may be a ...more
Very sciencey view of baseball. A lot of "this study says this, but this study says that".
Derek Arnold
Sections on how a fly ball is caught and how a ball is it were way too dry for my tastes, but sections on fans made up for them.
Mister Future [formerly known as 'Pizzle']
For the most part, I enjoyed The Psychology of Baseball. It was short, so I could persevere through the dry parts to get to the more engaging material; however, there were a few times where I had to shake my head, "It doesn't take someone with a degree in Psychology to know why someone cheers for a certain team!" Overall, I appreciated the work done by Stadler, but I feel I may enjoy some of the books he referenced more than this one.

That being said...
4/5 Stars
Somehow it seem s wrong to complain that a book about psychology has too much psychology in it ... but ....
I was expecting stories of mind games: catchers calling games to cross up hitters, pitcher/batter duels, managers analyzing the opposition, coaches solving wild pitchers by getting inside their heads, etc., etc.
This is much more hard science: Reaction times, brain processes, etc. Undoubtedly informative ... just not fun to read.
Dennis Madden
interesting but not what i was hoping for. Wanted more on the mind game between batter and pitcher. Or is it more like batter and catcher?
a 2 on a scale of 1-10. Could/should have been much more interesting
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