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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Ravizza has had an impact on players, managers, coaches, and front-office staff, but he always stayed behind the scenes. Every time I rock in the box I’ll be rocking for you.

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza dies |

He’s going to help you think more clearly in a difficult moment and that’s a good thing. Raivzza died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack last week.

He also played a part in some of the manager’s favorite sayings.

This morning the sports world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it. Slugger Cruz, Twins reach 1-year deal Minnesota Twins. Inhe wrote a book, “Heads Up Baseball 2. You can follow her on Twitter CarrieMuskat. Big questions left over from that will have to answer Los Angeles Dodgers. We lost a great one last night y’all, the good doctor KenRavizza1 was in a league all his own.

That he simply cared about you,” Lifrak said. Tampa has ‘really no fan base at all’ Tampa Bay Rays. Said infielder Tommy La Stella: Ravizza came of age at a time when even talking about things like mental skills and sports psychology was taboo, particularly in baseball, where managers had the final word on everything.


Be the first to comment Hide Comments. What we’d bet baseball in will be remembered for forever Boston Red Sox. His greatest strength was his ability to listen and truly hear what you needed and put it in a language that would make sense.

Ravizza, 70, was a favorite of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who knew and employed Ravizza for decades.

Chicago Cubs remember sports psychologist Ken Ravizza

No different than your hitting coach or your pitching coach or infield coach. InAngels pitching coach Marcel Lachemann asked Ravizza to work with the staff, and the relationship thrived.

Ravizza was favizza for the players.

He’s left an eternal impact on all of us. Ravizza’s last book, “Heads-Up Baseball 2. A’s hope there’s more growth left for Profar 7d Keith Law. There’s no doubt in my mind I would have never made it to the big leagues without KenRavizza1. Players may need drastic steps to stir stagnant market 9h Buster Olney. Several Cubs players expressed condolences via social media Monday.

Said Mead on Twitter: KenRavizza1 used not only his professional skills, but his genuine compassion, honesty and caring for each individual he connected with. Ravizza was well known in baseball, but Maddon stressed his work with football players and Olympians, among ravozza. Life is crazy, one minute you’re celebrating and the next you’re mourning.

He will be deeply missed by myself and our entire organization. I will miss you Doc. He also worked with several U.

M’s letter explains firing of performance director Seattle Mariners. You just talk to him. How defense helps or hurts players on the Hall of Kem ballot Atlanta Braves. Condolences on Monday came from college coaches, such as Oregon’s George Horton and Penn State’s Rob Cooper to Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin, who wrote, “Ken Ravizza, simply put, set the ien for mental preparedness in sports and life.

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Ravizza earned his Ph. When you talk to him, it was great. 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.

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza helped keep Cubs at ease

He was always there, always smiling. Tim Mead, vice president of communications for the Angels, remembered Ravizza on Monday as well. You are a true pioneer. 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. Five key stats for hitters on the Hall of Fame ballot 6d Christina Kahrl.

Huddled with them at their lockers in raivzza times and bad, he was an ear and a gentle voice — one that will be missed. Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time. Hall of Fame ballot trivia: This one features a cover photo of Anthony Rizzowho stressed how far mental skills have come over the years.