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SAN FRANCISCO — The baseball world is mourning the loss of one of its pioneers in the mental-skills field after longtime sports psychologist Ken Ravizza died Sunday night after suffering a heart attack last week. Ravizza, 70, was a favorite of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who knew and employed Ravizza for decades.

“He was the best at what he does,” Maddon said Monday afternoon. “I hear his voice in my head. He’s left an eternal impact on all of us.”

ESPN Staff Writer

Watch Joe Maddon reminisce about his good friend, Ken Ravizza, a longtime mental skills coach. Ravizza died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack last week.

Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer11h ago

Ravizza came of age at a time when even talking about things like mental skills and sports psychology was taboo, particularly in baseball, where managers had the final word on everything.

“Baseball wasn’t ready for him,” Maddon said. “Every manager thought he had all the answers. … He’s another coach. No different than your hitting coach or your pitching coach or infield coach. He’s going to help you think more clearly in

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