Baseball Tips: The Nine Psychological Problems That Affect Baseball Players

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, Author, Founder


Over the years, I have counseled top baseball players from junior highs, high schools, colleges, Summer leagues, travel teams, minor league teams and the major leagues.

This time of the year, I get calls from coaches, parents, players and spouses on a frequent basis.

Here are the most common kinds of concerns that they present to me when they reach out to me by phone or by email.

  1. Doc, I am stuck in a hitting slump and I can’t seem to get out of it.
  2. I can’t seem to get calm, confident and focused when I am at the plate.
  3. I am thinking too much when I get up to bat.
  4. Why is my kid great in the cage and terrible in games?
  5. When I am on the mound and pitching in game conditions, I am very nervous and can’t throw strikes?
  6. I am suffering from the yips when I have to make a routine throw.
  7. I am not getting enough playing time.
  8. I am in conflict with my coach or coaches. What should I do/
  9. I am nervous before I get to the ball park.


Dr. Granat can be reached at or at 888 580-ZONE.



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About Dr. Granat

Since 1978, Dr. Granat has counseled thousands of highly competitive athletes from many different sports. His clients have included golfers, tennis players, bowlers, runners, boxers, baseball players, basketball players, pool players, hockey players, ice skaters, wrestlers, fencers and martial artists. (Satisfied Clients) on this site. Now athletes who are struggling with choking, nervousness, lack of confidence, negative thoughts, self-doubt, lack of energy or concentration problems can get the help they need to excel in their respective sport by phone.
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