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Ninety Percent Mental


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Bob Tewksbury (Author) Bob Tewksbury is the mental skills coach for the San Francisco Giants and was formerly the mental skills coach for the Boston Red Sox. He has a master's degree in sport psychology and counseling from Boston University. Drafted by the Yankees in 1981, he won 110 games over a 13-year career (from 1986 through 1998) with the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and Minnesota Twins, and was named to the National League All-Star team. He lives in Concord, New Hampshire.Scott Miller (Author) Scott Miller is an award-winning national MLB columnist at Bleacher Report as well as an analyst for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM and a contributor to Fox Sports San Diego television. He lives in Carlsbad, California.


"Tewksbury relied on control and guile, a testament to his ability to think and adjust. His intellect and devotion to helping others came with the credibility of knowing what it is like to stand on a major-league mound with three tiers of stands staring down on him. Few better understand that baseball is a human game, and humans are fragile beings."--Peter Gammons, Hall of Fame and J.G. Taylor Spink Award-winning baseball writer and MLB Network on-air analyst

"Tewks and I were teammates when Tewks was ending his career with the Twins. I saw him use his mind to be successful on the mound. Years later, we were once again on the same team with the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, and I again saw him use his mind--this time to help others. I know he helped us win, and I know this book can help anyone who reads it."--David Ortiz, 10-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion, and New York Times bestselling author of Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits; called "the most important player in Boston Red Sox history."

"Bob became an All-Star not through physical gifts, but because he excelled on the mental side of a game that constantly challenges its players and their resilience. A must read for baseball fans."--Joe Torre, Hall of Fame and Four-Time World Series Champion Manager, and Chief Baseball Officer, Major League Baseball
"Cutting edge stuff in the new frontier of baseball readiness. Forget WAR and heartless analytics, former All-Star pitcher Bob Tewksbury and veteran scribe Scott Miller explain that baseball success and failure is 'Ninety Percent Mental.' This book should be required reading for all ballplayers, coaches, and parents."
--Dan Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author and 2016 Spink Award recipient at Baseball Hall of Fame

"A highly entertaining, often hilarious peek inside the game from Bob Tewksbury, one of the sport's smartest yet most self-deprecating souls. Whether you're a casual fan, a baseball parent, or a player yourself, Ninety Percent Mental is 100 percent for all."--Ken Rosenthal, MLB on FOX reporter, senior writer, The Athletic, MLB Network insider
"What a tremendous behind-the-scenes read into an area of the game that reaches into the crevices of the most underappreciated element of baseball in this era of advanced metrics: the mind. Bob Tewksbury and Scott Miller provide a fascinating look into the mental training of the game in such an entertaining way. They take you to the fear of death on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix to history being ruined by Franklin Freaking Stubbs in St. Louis to the highs and lows of pitching in the 1992 All-Star Game in San Diego to having an instrumental role in the 2016 World Series. If you didn't respect and love Bob Tewksbury before, you sure will after finishing this gem."--Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports Baseball columnist

"Nobody I've come across in my almost 30 years in the game did more with his God-given talent than Tewks. But more than that, he was always different. Not just an athlete, but a deep thinker, a good teammate, and an even better friend. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants an inside look into the mental aspects of baseball."
--Joe Buck, lead play-by-play broadcaster, Fox Sports

"Bob Tewksbury and Scott Miller combined to produce a must-read book for anyone fascinated by the mental side of baseball. This is about so much more than the journey of a veteran pitcher. It's about the journey of one of baseball's most inquisitive minds."--Jayson Stark, former senior columnist,

"Bob Tewksbury was one of the most intuitive ballplayers I ever covered, and his book Ninety Percent Mental only reinforces that. This is a definitive 'inside baseball' book that keeps you captivated from start to finish."--Bill Madden, New York Daily News and 2010 winner of the Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award

"Ninety Percent Mental promises to be one of the best baseball books of the year."--FanGraphs
"Baseball fans will gain insight into the mental side of the game, and they will walk away with an even greater appreciation for what these athletes go through in their drive for success."--Clearing out the Clutter
"An engaging read that should appeal to anyone who has interests beyond the black and white numbers behind the heavy analytics of the current baseball world."--TalkNats
"An entertaining and self-deprecating autobiographical work that explores the mental side of the game."--Wall Street Journal
"Readers interested in how professional athletes mentally prepare for big (and little) games will enjoy the stories shared."--Library Journal
"In the era of Big Data, this is a refreshing look at the human side of the game and an important reminder of the challenges even major leaguers face in staying in the right frame of mind."--Baseball America
"Masterful storytelling that succeeds in merging intriguing stories from his career with useful mental skills that anyone can use in their respective profession."--Spitball

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