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, a regular in the Cubs’ clubhouse, joined the team as a consultant in when Maddon was hired as manager. Everyone is in a rush to share their opinions and share what they know. He was always there, always smiling.

He’s left an eternal impact on all of us.

Hall kne Fame ballot trivia: Inhe wrote a book, “Heads Up Baseball 2. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Huddled with them at their lockers in good times and bad, he was an ear and a gentle voice — one that will be missed.

Ravizza was a professor at Cal State Fullerton.

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. You just talk to him. Slugger Cruz, Twins reach 1-year deal Minnesota Twins. He also worked with several U. Ravizza’s last book, “Heads-Up Baseball 2. Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella contemplated quitting the game several years ago, though it wasn’t Ravizza who talked him out of it.


On Monday, Maddon posted on Twitter: 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. 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 Rxvizza Bay Rays in and the Chicago Cubs in The Titans turned their season around, going the rest of the way and winning the College World Series title over a Texas team coached by Augie Garrido, who ravjzza earlier this year.

raviaza His communication, so much of it came from his ability to listen. Players may need drastic steps to stir stagnant market 9h Buster Olney. You are a true pioneer. He also played a part in some of the manager’s favorite sayings.

He’s going to help you think more clearly in a difficult moment and that’s a good thing. That wasn’t his style nor what made him special, according to La Stella.

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How defense helps or hurts players on the Hall of Fame ballot Atlanta Braves. Ravizza died on Sunday kdn suffering a heart attack last week. InAngels pitching coach Marcel Lachemann asked Ravizza to work with the staff, and the relationship thrived.

Ravizza was able to connect with players, whether it was catcher Willson Contreras or pitcher Mike Montgomery. Watch Joe Maddon reminisce about his good friend, Ken Ravizza, a longtime jen skills coach. My first Hall of Fame ballot 4d Keith Law.


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Cubs sports psychologist Ravizza passes at 70

This morning the sports world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it. Rest easy buddy, thank you for everything. Ravizza has had an impact on players, managers, coaches, and front-office staff, but he always stayed behind the scenes.

He had such a knack for that. Ravizza was there for the players. This eavizza the sports world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it. I will miss you Doc. Ravizza earned his Ph. His greatest strength was his ability to listen and truly hear what you needed and put it in a language that would make sense.

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza helped keep Cubs at ease

You could get whatever you want off your chest. Ravizza is survived by his wife, Claire, and daughters Monica and Nina. Several Cubs players expressed condolences via social media Monday. How well do you know this year’s candidates? Life is crazy, one minute you’re celebrating and the next you’re mourning. When you talk to him, it was great.