Re: Manny Delcarmen redux?
posted at 6/2/2011 2:40 PM EDT
I agree wholehardily with Alibi Ike. I blame it all on Francona and Farrell. Bring back Bob Tewksbury who was the team psychologist a few years back.
How does a World Series champion maintain its edge?
If you're the Red Sox, you hire a sports psychology coach.
Bob Tewksbury, the former big-league pitcher who between gigs on NESN and some consulting work for the Sox completed his master's degree in psychology at Boston University, has been appointed to the new position.
Tewksbury, who is giving up his work as an analyst at NESN, will not set up a couch in the clubhouse. His efforts, at least as his job is currently conceived, will be on the minor league level, from Triple A all the way down to rookie ball.
"Tom Caron ran me out of NESN," Tewksbury said with a laugh last week, referring to the studio host with whom he appeared regularly the last two years. "He said one too many things about my hair."
It's an audacious move by the Sox, though not precedent-setting. Sports psychologist and author Harvey Dorfman, for example, did work for a number of teams, including the A's and Marlins, before being hired by agent Scott Boras to counsel his clients. Braves pitcher John Smoltz gave considerable credit for his success to another sports psychologist, Jack Llewellyn, with whom he worked in Atlanta.