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Wilpon Should Have Allowed Ollie to Visit Psychologist



By Mike Silva ~ June 2nd, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

Peter Gammons reported on WFAN yesterday that Scott Boras requested the Mets put Oliver Perez on the DL and send him to renowned sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman. Yes, Dorfman works for the Boras agency so there is a vested interest, but his work should not be questioned. According to his profile over at 3P Sports “Dorfman has worked with many of today’s great stars and has helped them reach their true potential by effectively managing their thoughts. Many of baseball’s top players have credited Harvey with helping them gain control of their thoughts, attitudes, motivations and develop a “mental” game plan that has allowed them to perform their best during the most stressful times.” Sounds like a few members of the local teams could use his help and I think it was shortsighted by Jeff Wilpon to refuse the request.

This isn’t the first time I have talked about this topic. Last year, Dr. John F. Murray appeared on my show and suggested it would behoove a team to have a sports psychologist on staff. Mike Pelfrey visited Dorfman this past offseason and look at how much different his composure is on the mound. Modern sports are way too complicated to not use a resource like a psychologist. I could understand years ago when it was looked down on by society and perhaps considered a weakness to go to therapy, but today there should be no shame in admitting that one needs help, especially if it will allow an expensive asset (nearly $24 million in the case of Perez) to perform at their job. Even Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon credits psychology for his career achievements.

We have tons of trainers that deal with the physical needs of athletes, but how many teams give their players the mental support they need? If this Gammons story is true then the Mets have as much culpability as Perez in the situation. If Perez is sincere about getting better, and I see no reason to believe he is not, then the request to visit Dorfman should have been granted.

The bigger picture is sports teams embracing a full time sports psychologist on their staff. We may not be close to that happening, but in the meantime they could be more supportive of a player that may need one to improve their performance.



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1 Response to Wilpon Should Have Allowed Ollie to Visit Psychologist

  1. RonOK

    ” …. If this Gammons story is true then the Mets have as much culpability as Perez in the situation. If Perez is sincere about getting better, and I see no reason to believe he is not, then the request to visit Dorfman should have been granted ….”

    First, none of us — Gammons included — knows exactly what was Ollie and his agent presented to the Mets or what their reaction was.

    That said, how is this for an alternate conclusion to your “Mets has as much culpability …. ” comment:

    If Oliver Perez and Scott Boras were that sure Perez need the assistance of a sports psychologist, why not ask the Mets to DL him and let him go work with the psychologist on his own?

    The Mets, who are already paying him $12M a year — let him use some of it to go get help on his own dime.

    Oliver Perez is a loser …. Mike, for you to suggest this is anyones fault other than Perez is ridiculous.

    While he may never surpass Bobby Bonilla, Armando Benetiz or Roger Cedeno as “hated former Mets” he will at least make my short list.

    And frankly, do you think he could ever pitch at CitiField again as a Met …. if he had accepted a ML stint, he might have been warnly received upon a return …. now, with the refusal to accept the ML stint and all the publicity around it, he’s toast as a Met.

    The sooner they release him, the better …. then he can use some of the $36M and visit any docotors he wants.

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