Orioles hire sports psychologist
SARASOTA, Fla. — Continuing an offseason of interesting front-office hires and inter-organization movement, Dan Duqette, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations, has added sports psychologist Seth Kaplan to provide mental-performance services, with a focus on the pitching staff.
“It’s mental toughness,” Duquette said of the lessons that Kaplan — who also worked with the 82nd Airborne Division based out of Fort Bragg, N.C. — will bring to the Orioles. “Mental toughness training. He’s going to concentrate on the pitchers. The idea is to help them prepare mentally to prepare physically. It’s a key component.”
Kaplan’s initial meetings over the first few days of camp have been with groups of pitchers, and the plan is to tailor individual sessions in the future. Thursday’s group included Jason Hammel, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton — five pitchers who figure to factor heavily into the rotation this season.
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