|MLBPA News Release|
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark announced today that former Major League pitcher Bob Tewksbury has joined the MLBPA as director of player development, a newly created position.
Tewksbury, 53, holds a master's degree in sports psychology and counseling from Boston University (2004). In his new role, he will work with current players in areas such as, but not limited to, post-career prep and transitioning, on-field performance counseling, personal development and continued education. He previously worked as a sports psychology coach for the Boston Red Sox and for the past 13 years has served as a resource player during the annual Rookie Career Development Program organized jointly by the MLBPA and MLB.
"Bob understands the challenges players face as they navigate their way through their careers, and how to deal with those challenges. I believe Bob will quickly become a valuable resource for our membership," said Clark. "Providing the players with the type of counseling and guidance Bob offers is part of the union's commitment to provide improved services and support to players."
"I look forward to working with players to help them excel not only on the field but in life," said Tewksbury. "Today, professional athletes face an ever-increasing number of obstacles as they juggle their playing and personal lives. As a former player, I thank the MLBPA for recognizing the need to offer assistance in these areas, and I'm honored to be the individual to help provide these invaluable resources."
Tewksbury, a native of Concord, N.H., played parts of 13 seasons in the Majors with six teams: the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins. He finished his career with a record of 110-102 and an ERA of 3.92. As a member of the Cardinals in 1992, he finished the season with a record of 16-5, played in the All-Star Game and finished third in voting for the NL Cy Young Award.