Psychology

  Another baseball season is underway and that means thousands of young pitchers are throwing at all levels of youth league competition. For many of these youngsters, this effort becomes the peak of their athletic careers. It’s not just sometimes because of a lack of desire to continue on, but also often an inability...

During my five plus decades in professional baseball as a player, special advisor, club president, CEO and team owner, I’ve known a lot of players, especially pitchers, who started getting their game face on a day ahead of when they were scheduled to pitch. I didn’t. I would get focused and prepared, but my work...

“Take a deep breath” is a common saying in sports whenever someone is facing a pressure moment.  Whether it’s before a 3-2 pitch in game 7 of the World Series, a game-winning field goal, a critical free throw, or a par-saving putt, we’ve all seen great athletes inhaling and exhaling deliberately before they...

A few years ago, the Astros’ staff was invited to spend an off-day in New York at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable experiences that I have ever had during my 35+ years in MLB. We spent approximately six hours at West Point. We had an extensive tour of the...

The saturation of cell phones, E-mails and texting, combined with the availability of wireless in classrooms, offices, board rooms, meeting rooms and even baseball clubhouses has produced something called the problem of divided attention. To illustrate how this problem can affect productivity and performance,...