Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Baseball Coaching. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide 2021

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

"The #1 authority on collectibles"--Cover.

  • Author: Beckett Media
  • Publisher: Beckett Media; 43rd edition (February 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
  • ISBN: 978-1953801005
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.25 x 10.75 inches


2. The Science of Hitting

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

“Baseball’s last .400 hitter shares his secrets in this primer still used at all levels of the game.” —Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick Now fully revised with new illustrations and diagrams, the classic—and still the greatest—book on hitting from the last baseball player to break the magic .400 barrier, Ted Williams. Ted Williams was arguably the greatest pure hitter who ever lived. A lifelong student of hitting, he sought advice from every great hitter—and pitcher—he met. Drawing on that advice, as well as his own legendary life in baseball, Williams produced the all-time batting classic, The Science of Hitting . Using its detailed illustrations, anecdotes, and concise coaching, players of all skill levels will learn how to improve their fundamentals and gain keen insights into the finer points of hitting, including: -How to Think Like a Pitcher and Guess the Pitch -The Three Cardinal Rules for Developing a Smooth Line-Driving Swing -The Secrets of Hip and Wrist Action -Pitch Selection -Bunting -Hitting the Opposite Way The Science of Hitting is a must-read for all baseball players looking to improve their turn at bat and for all coaches and parents teaching the sport.

  • Author: Ted Williams
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition (April 29, 1986)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0671621032
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 0.3 x 9.13 inches


3. INNER EXCELLENCE: Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible life

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

Want More Joy and Confidence? Discover the life guide that has developed world champions, empowered athletes to become world #1, and most importantly, transformed their hearts and minds. This step-by-step training manual from one of the world's top mental skills coaches will teach you how the mindset of some of the best performers and leaders on the planet allowed them to have freedom and confidence when so much was out of their control.  Whether you’re an athlete or entrepreneur, single mother or father of five, you’ll find exercises, techniques and tools in this book that will improve every area of your life. Your life will take on new meaning as you move beyond the pursuit of happiness to a life of purpose and fulfillment. Jim Murphy's complete program of proven mental techniques is based on the  powerful principles of love, wisdom, and courage, that came from over six years of full-time research and writing (after his masters degree in Coaching Science). “I read the first version of Inner Excellence six times. I recommend all my clients read it.” – Matt Killen, PGA Tour coach to Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and many others INNER EXCELLENCE WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO: DEVELOP SELF-MASTERY—and let go of what you can’t control OVERCOME ANXIETY—and build powerful mental habits REMOVE MENTAL BLOCKS—and get out of your own way TRAIN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND—and release limiting beliefs As a professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization, Jim’s sense of worth and identity revolved around his performance. He was obsessed with fame but also afraid of failure, and that fear in his heart made him struggle under the pressure to perform. When he started coaching professional and Olympic athletes, he saw the same pattern over and over again: athletes had lost their joy and passion for life as the fear of failure engulfed their lives. This book will share with you how some of the best athletes in the world have learned Inner Excellence, how it propelled them to extraordinary performance even when they were filled with doubt and uncertainty, and how you can excel in the same way in your life. The insights and exercises within will help you achieve higher levels of performance than you ever thought possible—and bring incredible peace and confidence.  “Inner Excellence changed how I see the world, how I think, and how I play golf.” - Vaughn Taylor, three-time PGA Tour winner Jim Murphy is a Performance Coach (mental skills) to some of the best athletes and leaders in the world. The majority of his clients achieved the best year of their career their first year working with Jim (or their best year in the previous five years)

  • Author: JIM MURPHY
  • Publisher: Academy of Excellence - New York - Rome - Tokyo (May 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-1734654806
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.82 x 9 inches


4. Mind of a Superior Hitter: The Art, Science and Philosophy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

Inspiration for the film "THE MENTAL MASTERY OF HITTING IN BASBALL", Mind of a Superior Hitter: The Art, Science, and Philosophy takes an in-depth look into the key aspects of becoming a great hitter from a psychological, emotional and strategic perspective. The book is designed to enhance the intelligence of hitters in both baseball and softball on a level that is unprecedented. It includes quotes and advice from some of the top hitting coaches in the world, former professional players and prominent minds that have contributed to today’s leading hitting ideologies. Throughout, players and coaches are provided valuable information on what it takes to become a better all-around hitter. Hitters of all ages will learn how to: - MENTALLY DEAL WITH SLUMPS - DEVELOP IMPROVED FOCUSED IN THEIR TRAINING- BECOME A BETTER SITUATIONAL HITTER- CUSTOMIZE THEIR SWING TO FIT THEIR STRENGTHS- BE MORE CONFIDENT AND POSITIVE IN THEIR APPROACH Input from master teacher’s of hitting such as: · Steve Springer, former professional player and hitting coach· C.J. Stewart, former professional player and private hitting coach for pro players· Laura Berg, 4-time All-American softball player, 4-time Olympian and Olympic Hall of Famer· Jacob Cruz, former MLB player and professional hitting instructor

  • Author: Michael McCree
  • Publisher: Michael McCree (February 13, 2018)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0692057513
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.44 x 8 inches


5. Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything (Sports for the Soul)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

Studies prove that positive thinkers are happier, healthier, and more successful than everyone else. Discover the simple, proven techniques for becoming a more positive person... Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes. Study after study proves this. Researchers have found that optimistic people live longer, live healthier, have more energy, have more successful careers, make better decisions, are more productive, are less stressed, have healthier relationships, and (not surprisingly) are much happier than pessimists. However, a lot has been misunderstood about what it means to be a positive thinker and what it takes to maintain an optimistic mindset. It takes a lot more than repeating feel-good platitudes to make positive thinking work in your life. It takes discipline, commitment, and a proper understanding of what optimism really means in a world that is constantly throwing new challenges at us. This is a book for anyone who has ever questioned whether positive thinking really “works.” It’s also a book for those who have tried to develop a more positive attitude, but have found it difficult to eliminate the voices of fear, doubt, and cynicism. This is a book for anyone who wants to put optimism to work in their life with practical, proven techniques. In this inspirational fable, you’ll meet Bobby Kane, a 31-year-old minor league baseball player who realizes his dream of making it to the majors is finally coming to a disappointing end. His dream, he believes, was not meant to be. That is, until Bobby meets an unconventional manager named Wally Hogan. More mental coach than baseball manager, Wally teaches Bobby that if you want to change your life, you have to first change your thinking. As you’ll see in this book, developing a positive mindset gives Bobby a renewed chance to make his dreams come true—not just in baseball, but in all areas of his life. Wally teaches Bobby what it means to be an optimist and what it takes to maintain a positive attitude through the ups and downs of life. He teaches him proven, real-world techniques for building and sustaining optimism. These methods have an immediate impact on Bobby’s life and they will have an immediate impact on yours as well. This book will show you just how powerful a positive attitude can be and it will teach you how to use positive thinking to make your biggest dreams come true.

  • Author: Darrin Donnelly
  • Publisher: Shamrock New Media, Inc.; 1st edition (July 26, 2017)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0692921838
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.63 x 8 inches


6. Every Moment Matters: How the World's Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

How do the world’s most successful coaches get the best from their athletes? How do top coaches design practices, inspire their players, and build teams that sustain their excellence season after season? How do they instill high-performing behaviors? Do they coach men and women differently? What about coaching their own children? Most importantly, are these secrets available to the rest of us coaching youth, high school, and college teams? In Every Moment Matters, renowned coach educator John O'Sullivan has collected hundreds of interviews with top coaches, sport scientists, psychologists, and athletes and distilled them into a blueprint for becoming a more effective and inspiring leader. Great coaches realize something that others do not: every moment matters! You must be intentional about everything you do. Whether you are coaching your local youth soccer team, leading your high school football program, or competing for an NCAA championship, Every Moment Matters will give you the tools and strategies to become the coach you always wished you had, and the coach today's athletes are craving. Get ready to have your best season ever!

  • Author: John O'Sullivan
  • Publisher: Changing the Game Project (December 8, 2019)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1734342604
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.89 x 9 inches


7. Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

The definitive insider story of the cheating scandal that rocked Major League Baseball in 2019, bringing down high-profile coaches and players, and exposing a long-rumored "sign-stealing" dark side of baseball. By the fall of 2019, most teams around Major League Baseball suspected that the Houston Astros had been stealing signs for several years. The Astros had won the 2017 World Series and made the playoffs the next two seasons. All the while, opponents felt that Houston's hitters knew what pitches were coming. The ensuing scandal rivaled that of the 1919 "Black Sox" and the more recent steroid era, and became one of the most significant that the game had ever seen. The fallout ensnared many other teams, either as victims, alleged cheaters or both. The Los Angeles Dodgers felt robbed of a World Series title, and fended off accusations about their organization. Same for the New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox were soon under investigation themselves. The New York Mets lost a promising manager before he ever managed a game. Andy Martino, an award-winning journalist who has covered Major League Baseball for more than a decade, has broken numerous stories about the Astros and sign-stealing in baseball. In Cheated , Martino takes readers behind the scenes and into the heart of the events that shocked the baseball world. With inside access to the people directly involved, Martino breaks down not only exactly what happened and when, but reveals the fascinating explanations of why it all came about. The nuance and detail of the scandal reads like a true sports whodunnit. How did otherwise good people like Astros' manager A.J. Hinch, bench coach Alex Cora and veteran leader Carlos Beltran find themselves on the wrong side of clear ethical lines? And did they even know when those lines had been crossed? Cheated is an explosive, electrifying read.

  • Author: Andy Martino
  • Publisher: Doubleday (June 8, 2021)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-0385546799
  • Dimensions: 6.39 x 1.15 x 9.55 inches


8. Ninety Percent Mental

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

Former Major League pitcher and mental skills coach for two of baseball's legendary franchises (the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants) Bob Tewksbury takes fans inside the psychology of baseball. In Ninety Percent Menta l, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport's most fabled franchises, the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. Fans watching the game on television or even at the stadium don't have access to the mind games a pitcher must play in order to get through an at-bat, an inning, a game.  Tewksbury explores the fascinating psychology behind baseball, such as how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness, and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher's strategy changes throughout a game. He also offers an in-depth look into some of baseball's most monumental moments and intimate anecdotes from a "who's who" of the game, including legendary players who Tewksbury played with and against (such as Mark McGwire, Craig Biggio, and Greg Maddux), game-changing managers and executives (Joe Torre, Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean), and current star players (Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Miller, Rich Hill).  With Tewksbury's esoteric knowledge as a thinking-fan's player and his expertise as a "baseball whisperer", this entertaining book is perfect for any fan who wants to see the game in a way he or she has never seen it before.  Ninety Percent Mental will deliver an unprecedented look at the mound games and mind games of Major League Baseball.

  • Author: Bob Tewksbury
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies, Baseball


9. The Mental Keys to Hitting: A Handbook of Strategies for Performance Enhancement

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

A must-have book by acclaimed author and expert H.A. Dorfman that highlights the crucial mental components involved in hitting a baseball and playing the game, components that are as important, if not more so, than the intense physical regimen of an athlete."...helpful to hitters in little leagues or in the big leagues. The information is clear and to the point..." -- Charles Johnson, former catcher, Florida Marlins

  • Author: H.A. Dorfman
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (March 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1630761868
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.43 x 9 inches


10. The Baseball Drill Book

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baseball Coaching - August 2021

Seventeen of the game's top collegiate coaches have teamed up with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) to bring you the game's most comprehensive assortment of practice activities. The Baseball Drill Book features 198 drills proven to improve individual and team performance. Former Fresno State coach Bob Bennett, Ripon College's Gordie Gillespie, Lewis-Clark State's Ed Cheff, Wichita State's Gene Stephenson, and South Carolina's Ray Tanner are among the greats who present their best practice drills and insights for improving these skills: -Conditioning and warm-up -Throwing and catching -Base running and sliding -Hitting and bunting -Pitching -Fielding -Offensive and defensive tactics Each drill follows a concise format. First, the primary skill or tactic to be enhanced is identified, then procedure and setup details are provided. Illustrations for proper technique are also included, followed by coaching insight to help you sharpen players' understanding of the game's finer points. Glean tactical advice such as how to get a teammate home from third when a key run is needed and how to “sit on” certain pitches while at the plate. Drill modifications are included so that each drill can be modified to fit specific needs. Additional chapters explain how to effectively and efficiently incorporate drills in practice sessions and to simulate game situations. In all, The Baseball Drill Book provides the essential link between initial skill learning and winning performance on the diamond.

  • Author: American Baseball Coaches Association
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; First edition (November 26, 2003)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0736050838
  • Dimensions: 7.03 x 0.8 x 9.97 inches