As the regular baseball season comes to a close, pressure is intensifying on those players still competing for a World Series ring. Players, coaches and agents are all taking their own steps to combat the mental challenges that this pressure causes, including visiting sports psychologists.
Reports earlier this summer stated that baseball agent Scott Boras wanted his client, Mets pitcher Oliver Perez, to consult the sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman. Regularly cited in sports media as counseling superstars on Boras’s roster like Alex Rodriguez (until recently), Mike Pelfrey, and others, Dorfman has written pioneering manuals such as “The Mental ABC’s of Pitching,” “Coaching the Mental Game” and “The Mental Keys to Hitting.”
Yet Dorfman, who was born in the Bronx in 1935, has also published recent “anecdotal memoirs” which detail the Jewish inspiration in his successful career: “Each Branch, Each Needle,” “Copying It Down,” and “Persuasion of My Days.”