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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Who will counsel MLB, union to avoid labor strife? There’s no doubt in my mind I would have never made it to the big leagues without KenRavizza1.

Life is crazy, one minute you’re celebrating and the next you’re mourning. I will miss you Doc.

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza helped keep Cubs at ease

Inhe wrote a book, “Heads Up Baseball 2. His greatest strength was his ability to listen and truly hear what you needed and put it in a language that would make sense. KenRavizza1 used not only his professional skills, but his genuine compassion, honesty and caring for each individual he connected with.

You could get whatever you want off your chest. Thank you for everything you have done not only for the organization but for our entire baseball family. Said infielder Tommy La Stella: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time. This one features a cover photo of Anthony Rizzowho stressed how far mental skills have come over the years. What we’d bet baseball in will be remembered for forever Boston Red Sox. His words were impactful, made you think and ien accompanied by passion and understanding.


He was always there, always smiling. 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 Raviizza Bay Rays in and the Chicago Cubs in Ravizza worked with a variety of athletes — from high schoolers to Olympians — and treated them all with the same respect and professionalism.

He had such a knack for that. The best, worst and what’s to come this holiday week Baltimore Orioles.

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella contemplated quitting the game several years ago, though it wasn’t Ravizza who talked him out of it.

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He always had a different perspective and I’ll never forget his voice! This article originally published at He also played a part in some of the manager’s favorite sayings. That wasn’t his style nor what made him special, according to La Stella. If you watch how we play — going pitch to pitch, never giving up, staying in the moment — that is what Ken was all about. Cubs sports psychologist Ravizza passes at 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 has had an impact on players, managers, coaches, and front-office staff, but he always stayed behind the scenes. Ravizza was able to connect with players, whether it was catcher Willson Contreras raviza pitcher Mike Montgomery.

How well do you know this year’s candidates? The Dodgers’ Justin Turner posted on Twitter: This morning the sports world lost one of the best ekn game coaches to ever do it.


Chicago Cubs remember sports psychologist Ken Ravizza

Now, nearly every Major League team has a sports psychology department. How defense helps or hurts players on the Hall of Fame favizza Atlanta Braves. Viera, featured in E: Angels sign veteran Lucroy to 1-year contract Los Angeles Angels.

Maddon retained Ravizza as a mental skills coach for several years in Tampa Bay, and Raviza followed Maddon to Chicago, where several Cubs players credit Ravizza for his work in helping them win the World Series. 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.

Said Mead favizza Twitter: A’s hope there’s more growth left for Profar 7d Keith Law. Ken Ravizza, a Cal State Fullerton professor who was among the leading sports psychologists in the nation and a guru of sorts for dozens rvaizza major league baseball players, died Sunday night, six days after suffering a heart attack while driving in Orange County.

Be the first to comment Hide Comments. I felt like he ravjzza stopped learning from us even though he was trying to help us learn at the same time. The two worked together for 30 years. When you talk to him, it was great. We lost a great one last night y’all, the good doctor KenRavizza1 was in a league all his own.