Texas Rangers Baseball Podcast goes mental with performance coach Hannah Huesman
Generally speaking, there are a few a reasons why sportswriters become sportswriters.
One is math. Another is science.
It’s not that we’re incapable of understanding them, but generally speaking, we needed them dumbed down.
We’re definitely fascinated by some of them.
Such is the case with mental performance, at least in my case, and Episode 69 of the Texas Rangers Baseball Podcast takes a look at how the Rangers are trying to make players zero in on the mental side.
Our guest was Hannah Huesman, who is beginning her second season as the mental performance coordinator in an area the Rangers have stressed and revamped.
Huesman explains in simple terms what the goals of the department are and how the staff goes about getting players to reach those goals.
Also, there is a difference between mental performance and mental health.
Players aren’t coming to see Huesman in an office and laying on a couch as she probes their minds, a la in Season 2 of Ted Lasso.
Instead, she uses tools to help players keep their focus and keep their confidence as they face the best players in the world.
This episode is really good. It concludes with some footage from Fan Fest as captured by show producer/videographer Joel Perez.
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