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Hecklers and Cojones!! Do You Have What It Takes?

by Randy Sullivan
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It was 1982, the summer after my freshman year at the only college to offer me the opportunity to play baseball after high school — Erskine College, at a tiny NAIA (now D2) 500 student school in Due West, SC. It’s called Due West because it’s “due west” of a town called 96, which is 96 miles from Columbia and that’s the state capital… So there’s that. I didn’t know anything about summer collegiate leagues back then, but one of my teammates from New Jersey, Nick Russo told me…

Rest Unassured… If You Dare

by Randy Sullivan
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I got a call this morning from a pro client with a familiar problem. His season went pretty well, but towards the end his velo began to drop. Soon his command unraveled and finally, his shoulder started to hurt with every outing. That’s a issue, but now he has a bigger problem… His club, and his athletic trainers are advising him to shut it down and rest for 3 months. The idea is that if he rests, and then gradually ramps it back up he’ll be fine next year. The assumption here…

Why We Don’t Run Long Distances

by Randy Sullivan
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“Did you throw your bullpen?” “Yessir.” “Good. Now go run your poles while I work with the infielders.” Given the amount of research available on the topic, I am always amazed in a camp when I say, “Raise your hand if part of your practice involves running poles.” Incredibly, approximately 60% of the attendees still raise their hands. Repetition is the key to learning Repetition is the key to learning So let’s go over this again… It sort of makes sense on the surface. Pitchers…

Chicks Dig The Long Ball

by Randy Sullivan
I was not a pitcher in college. I was a catcher at a small NCAA Division 1 School, The Citadel — the only military academy ever to make it to a college world series (of course they did it in 1990, 4 years after I graduated, but thats a different story). Actually, I began my collegiate career as a below average shortstop who couldn’t field groundballs. I moved behind the played during the fall of my junior year in college. The first game I ever caught was opening day that year against Clemson. My…

Is Your Weight Training Program Improving Your Performance?

by Randy Sullivan
in blog
It was last Sunday night at 7:30 PM and I was boarding a plane from Houston to Tampa when I received two consecutive text messages that really left me for perflummoxed (that’s a totally made up word meaning perplexed and flummoxed). I had spent the weekend with my friends from the Texas baseball ranch, assisting them with an incredible Elite Pitchers Boot Camp. I had literally just packed my carry-on into the overhead compartment and was settling into the spacious leather bound seat that…

Little League World Series Star’s Arm Pain Eliminated at FBR

by Randy Sullivan
When 13 year old Cole Wagner of Red Land, PA walked into my office I really didn’t know he was a big deal. His mom and dad were with him and, to their credit, they didn’t lead with his resume. According to Cole’s parents, he had enjoyed a very successful and fun-filled 12-year old summer, but when he moved up to the big field, his elbow began to hurt. His dad, 1994 first round draft pick Bret Wagner, reported that Cole had been shutdown for the entire 2016 spring and summer. Two innings…

The Only 4 Things That Matter In Pitching

by Randy Sullivan
in blog
A couple of days ago, I got an email from a student named Andrew that really got me thinking. “Hey Randy, I’ve started back throwing and I was looking for some help on the role of the glutes in the delivery. I understand a glute load allows for stabilization of the trunk and can create a bit more ground reaction force, but I’ve also seen the EMG study where they claim that GRF in the drive foot isn’t as crucial. I was wondering if you could point me to some literature or elaborate…

Zika Virus Saves a Pitcher’s Arm?

by Randy Sullivan
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Early last Friday morning I was conducting a Precision Strike One-On-One Evaluation and Training Session with a 16 year-old righty complaining of severe biceps pain. He had scheduled the appointment after pitching in his first tournament travel ball season. For the sake of confidentiality, I’ll call him Wilson (that’s not his real name). In his second outing of the weekend, the pain reached a 10/10 tipping point threshold, his coach wisely shut him down and told him to call The Florida Baseball…

Are You Talkin’ to Me? Testing…

by Randy Sullivan
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As the hit man once said to the mafia boss… I know a guy. He’s a high school senior headed to a reputable D1 college program on a baseball scholarship. He’s getting about 60% of his tuition paid, but to cover the rest of the cost for the out-of-state private school, his parents will be on the hook for about 10k per year. According to my calculations, over 4 years, that’ll tally up to around 40k (yep…mathematical genius here). But he’s also a pretty good student, so he might be able to…

Roll With It Baby!!

by Randy Sullivan
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We have a former MLB student who started training with us 3 weeks ago after receiving a recommendation for Chien-Ming Wang. I wrote about Wang’s resurgence in a blog called How Chien-Ming Wang Got His Groove Back. This new guy once topped out at 100 mph. That was before 2 Tommy John surgeries and a serious shoulder blowout known as a HAGL (Humeral Avulsion Glenohumeral Ligament). This guy (who shall remain nameless until he makes it back to pro ball – hit 91.9 last week) was drafted out of high…