Just Tell Me I Can't

Just Tell Me I Can't

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Long-time fans of the National Pastime have known Moyer's name for more than 25 years. That's because he's been pitching in the bigs for all those years. With his trademark three pitches - slow, slower, and slowest - the left-handed Moyer is a pinpoint specialist whose won-lost record actually got better as he got older -- from his 20s to his 30s and into 40s. He's only a few wins shy of 300 for his amazing career. But this is where the book takes an unusual turn. Moyer was just about finished as a big leaguer in his mid-20s until he fatefully encountered a gravel-voiced, highly confrontational sports psychologist named Harvey Dorfman. Listening to the qin-your-faceq insights of Dorfman, Moyer began to re-invent himself and reconstruct his approach to his game. Moyer went on to become an All-Star and also a World Series champion. Yogi Berra once observed that qHalf of this game is 90% mental.q And Moyer's memoir proves it.In truth, Moyer had read and been intrigued by Dorfmana#39;s classic book The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak ... players in the Oakland organization , where Dorfman was on staff and in the process of revolutionizing the subterranean world of sports psychology. But Moyer had grown up in the tiny bluecollar hamlet of Souderton, Pennsylvania, not exactly a New Age zip code. ... Jim, a former minor league shortstop, served as Jamiea#39;s coach throughout American Legion ball.

Title:Just Tell Me I Can't
Author:Jamie Moyer, Larry Platt
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2013-09-10


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