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When Yeonis Cespedes defected from Cuba in 2011, he left behind his two-year old son and the mother of his son. On February 13, 2012, he signed a 4-year $36 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, but I predicted at the time that unless Oakland figures out a way to either bring his son and his son’s mother to America, or to assure Cespedes that his son would be safe in Cuba, he wouldn’t perform up to his skill level. Think about it. How hard would it be to hit a 90-mile-an-hour fastball if your mind is somewhere else…such as Cuba? Oakland never brought his son to America, and in 2014 he was traded to Boston and then traded to Detroit. But on July 31, 2015, Cespedes was acquired by the Mets. Today, his six-year old son, Yeonis, Jr., is still in Cuba, and though Cespedes hasn’t seen him in four years, he knows that, because of Obama improving relations with Cuba, that his son is safe. And that has resulted, as of today, in his leading the National League in Runs Batted In (30). Just another example of: What takes place away from the baseball diamond affects what takes place on the baseball diamond. When the time finally comes and his son arrives in America and is reunited with his father, watch for Cespedes’ numbers to climb even higher. In almost every category.

While watching the Red Sox – Tigers game last night on television a fight suddenly broke out in the Tigers dugout between catcher James McCann and short stop Jose Iglesias…and it was caught on national television. Tigers Manager Brad Asmus tried to smooth things over saying such things as “It shows that they care” and “this is not uncommon on any sports team.” I’m sure Brad Asmus is a nice guy but he must not know anything about how to create positive team chemistry and team bonding. If he did, that fight would never have happened. I won’t go into detail now, but I’m an advocate of teams becoming support groups and talking about their issues in private rather than having them show up on national television. Manager Asmus should call in a sport psychology consultant to help him. Notice I didn’t say “sport psychologist” because a sport psychologist is not allowed to help athletes with their personal problems and if he/she did he/she could lose his/her license since that’s the domain of the clinical psychologist. The field of psychology is very territorial. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tigers have a team meeting, get some things off their chests and clear the air, and start winning games. That’s how it works.

When athletes seek help after hitting rock bottom, the results will generally not only improve their quality of life, but also their performance in their sport. According to a story in USA TODAY, Detroit Tigers’ first basement Miguel Cabrera hit rock bottom October 2nd, 2009 when he found himself in a jail cell wondering if he had lost his family, teammates and maybe his future. “The next day, Cabrera asked the Tigers for help. He spent three months in an outpatient clinic dealing with alcohol abuse and confessed in January during Tigers FanFest that he was a broken man. ‘He took care of a major problem’ said Tigers President David Dombrowski…Cabrera hasn’t had a drink since that night and said he feels stronger and healthier, and his statistics reveal he has never been better. His marriage, he says, has never been stronger. His wife gave birth to their second daughter, Isabella, in May, and Cabrera missed two games to be by his wife’s side. ‘What I did was bad,’ he says, ‘I know it was wrong. But a lot of good came of it. This is as happy as I’ve ever been. I’m not talking about just on the field. I’m talking about life.’” It’s not unusual for athletes, after experiencing personal problems in their lives and participate in a program involving psychotherapy, find their lives in harmony and elevate their games to a new level. Such is the case with Miguel Cabrera.

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