CHICAGO — Ken Ravizza, a pioneer in sports psychology who worked closely with Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, passed away. Dr. Ken Ravizza, a Cal State Fullerton professor who was among the leading sports psychologists in the nation and a guru of sorts for dozens of. Ken Ravizza, who died Sunday, affected the Cubs and manager Joe Maddon in part by helping them “think more clearly in a difficult moment.”.

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Said Mead on Twitter: The Titans turned their season around, going the rest of the way rwvizza winning the College World Series title over a Texas team coached by Augie Garrido, who died earlier this year.

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza dies at 70; mental skills coach for MLB, college teams

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You just talk to him. Ravizza was well known in baseball, but Maddon stressed his work with football players and Olympians, among others.

He was always there, he was always happy, he was always smiling. We lost a great one last night y’all, the good doctor KenRavizza1 was in a league all his own. Garrido was the Fullerton coach when Ravizza started working with the Titans baseball team in You are a true pioneer. Rest easy buddy, thank you for everything. Big questions left over from that will have to answer Los Angeles Dodgers. His words were impactful, made you think and were accompanied by passion and understanding.

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This morning the ravizsa world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it. He was really great to have conversations with. Players may need drastic steps to stir stagnant market 9h Buster Olney. Ravizza’s last book, “Heads-Up Baseball 2.


Ravizza was able to connect with players, whether it was catcher Willson Contreras or pitcher Mike Montgomery. I was lucky to have met him as thousands of others were. Cubs sports psychologist Ravizza passes at Ravizza worked with a variety of athletes — from high schoolers to Olympians — and treated them all with the same respect and professionalism.

Be the first to comment Hide Comments. His greatest strength men his ability to listen and truly hear what you needed and put it in a language that would make sense.

This one features a cover photo of Anthony Rizzowho stressed how far mental skills have come over the years.

Cubs sports psychologist Ravizza passes at 70

Ravizza visited with the team recently while the Cubs were in Los Angeles and was scheduled to do so again this week while they are back in California. On Monday, Maddon posted on Twitter: How well do you know this year’s candidates? What we’d bet baseball in will be remembered for forever Boston Red Sox. Ravizza worked with the Angels for about 15 years, from towhere he developed a close relationship with then-Angels coach Joe Maddon, who went on to become manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in and the Chicago Cubs in Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella contemplated quitting the game several years ago, though it wasn’t Ravizza who talked him out of it.

Ken’s message resonated with a lot of different folks, whether you were a professional athlete who had reached the mountaintop, a first-year coach or somewhere in between, Ken was there to lend his voice and help others achieve their dreams. Thank you for everything you have done not only for the organization but for our entire baseball family.


He’s left an eternal impact on all of us. Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time. InAngels pitching coach Marcel Lachemann asked Ravizza to work with the staff, and the relationship thrived.

When you talk to him, it was great. That wasn’t his style nor what made him special, according to La Stella. Maddon ticked off the players Ravizza worked with, from Dante Bichette to Evan Longoria to current members of the Cubs. This morning the sports world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it.

Said infielder Tommy La Stella: The best, worst and what’s to come rsvizza holiday week Baltimore Orioles. Maddon retained Ravizza as a mental skills coach for several years in Tampa Bay, and Ravizza followed Maddon to Chicago, where several Cubs players credit Ravizza for his work in helping them win the World Series.

Now, nearly every Major League team has a sports psychology department. Slugger Cruz, Twins reach 1-year deal Minnesota Twins. Ravizza was a professor at Cal State Fullerton. If you watch how we play — going pitch to pitch, never giving up, staying in the moment — that is what Ken was all about. We started when I was kicking field goals in college.