Bob Tewksbury named MLBPA director of player development

Former major league pitcher Bob Tewksbury, the sports psychology coach for the Red Sox for nine seasons, has joined the Major League Baseball Players Association in a newly created position.

The 53-year-old Tewksbury will work with current players on post-career preparation, on-field performance counseling, and personal development. For the past 13 years, Tewksbury has served as a resource player during the annual Rookie Career Development program organized jointly by the MLBPA and MLB.

“I look forward to working with players to help them excel not only on the field but in life,” Tewksbury said in a statement. “Today, professional athletes face an ever-increasing number of obstacles as they juggle their playing and personal lives. As a former player, I thank the MLBPA for recognizing the need to offer assistance in these areas, and I’m honored to be the individual to help provide these invaluable resources.”

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Tewksbury joined the Red Sox in 1999 as an advance scout before becoming a pitching consultant and eventually the organization’s “mental skills coach” after earning a Master’s degree in sports psychology and counseling from Boston University.

Tewksbury is a native of Concord, N.H. He won 110 games in 13 MLB seasons.

The Red Sox, for now, do not intend to replace Tewksbury with any one person. They’ll start the coming season with a group of people who will be available to work with the players.