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 died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack last week. Slugger Cruz, Twins reach 1-year deal Minnesota Twins. Said infielder Tommy La Stella: Who will counsel MLB, union to avoid labor strife?

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza helped keep Cubs at ease

He helped create a loving and caring culture that we are all about. Ravozza 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 bar for mental preparedness in sports and life.

There’s no doubt in my mind I would have never made it to the big leagues without KenRavizza1. Ravizza visited with the team recently while the Cubs were in Los Angeles and jen scheduled to do so again this week while they are back in California. This one features a cover photo of Anthony Rizzowho stressed how far mental skills have come over the years.


That’s why you got to enjoy every day. That wasn’t his style nor what made him special, according to La Stella. You let whatever you want off your chest. A’s hope there’s more growth left for Profar 7d Keith Law.

He was always there, always smiling. I will miss you Doc. KenRavizza1 used not only his professional skills, but his genuine compassion, honesty and caring for each individual he connected with. Viera, featured in E: He’s going to help you think more clearly in a difficult moment and that’s a good thing.

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

Tampa has ‘really no fan base at all’ Tampa Bay Rays. He was always there, he was always happy, he was always smiling.

Chicago Cubs remember sports psychologist Ken Ravizza

He also played a part ravixza some of the manager’s favorite sayings. He’s left an eternal impact on all of us. Maddon ticked off the players Ravizza worked with, from Dante Bichette to Evan Longoria to current members of the Cubs. Huddled with them at their lockers in good times and bad, he was an ear and a gentle voice — one that will be missed. Some players still are rqvizza accepting of the approach than others, and that was just fine for Ravizza.


Watch Joe Maddon reminisce about his good friend, Ken Ravizza, a longtime mental skills coach. Ravizza was well known in baseball, but Maddon stressed his work with football players and Olympians, among others. You can follow her on Twitter CarrieMuskat. Everyone is in a rush to share their opinions and share what they know. Ravizza is survived by his wife, Claire, and daughters Monica and Nina.

Cubs sports psychologist Ravizza passes at 70

I was lucky to have met him as thousands of others were. He was really great to have conversations with.

How well do you know this year’s candidates? Ravizza was a professor at Cal State Fullerton.

Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time. Ravizza worked individually with players on other teams and often maintained ties with former Cal State Fullerton players such as Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who went on to play in the big leagues. Garrido was the Fullerton coach when Ravizza started working with the Titans baseball team in Life is crazy, one minute you’re celebrating and the next you’re mourning.

Ravizza, a regular in the Cubs’ clubhouse, joined the team as a consultant in when Maddon was hired as manager. You could get whatever you want off your chest.