MLBPA Hires Bob Tewksbury To Work With Players

Former major league pitcher Bob Tewksbury, who most recently was a sports psychologist with the Boston Red Sox, has been hired as director of player development for the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Tewksbury, 53, who pitched 13 seasons in the bigs with the Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals, Rangers, Padres and Twins, will be working with players on issues such as preparing for after baseball, on-field performance and continuing education.

The role is a newly created position, according to the players union.

"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," players union executive director Tony Clark said in a statement. "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."

In a news release, Tewksbury, who has a master's in sports psychology and counseling from Boston University, said he was looking forward to working with players.

"Today, professional athletes face an ever-increasing number of obstacles as they juggle their playing and personal lives," he said. "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."