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Even Our Data Analyst Can Throw It 90 mph!

by Randy Sullivan
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This is Jordan Rassmann. He is our data analyst. He came on board last summer after graduating from Florida Southern College in only 3 years with a degree in mathematics His job is solving problems — solving problems by crunching numbers — and he’s very good at it. Around here, Jordie is assigned a lot of responsibility, gets a little credit, and takes a lot of blame. Got a problem that needs “scienced”? Ask Jordie. Something screwed up, broken, or missing? Ask Jordie. He usually gets blamed even if it wasn’t his fault. Want answers to complex problems requiring tech, […]

Managing Pain on Twitter

by Randy Sullivan
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Yesterday a twitter friend reached out for help in a post featuring a video of a young man. @WomackStrength said: “Hey #PitchingTwitter I have some questions for you: 1. What problems could you see arising from this arm path? 2. How would you improve this arm path?” @PitchMechanics replied: “I try to default to @FLBaseballRanch’s pillars. If there’s no pain, Velo and command are where they should be for age, and H’s are going back to the dugout angry, why change?” @WomackStrength the responded: “He’s 14 and has been dealing with elbow pain (not UCL area)” After some consideration I […]

The Adaptable Lounge Lizard

by Randy Sullivan
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Last weekend after a long week of training, our staff visited a local eating/drinking establishment to plan our SAVAGE attack next month. We ate. We drank a little and we talked a lot. Here’s the scene… Six of us are positioned at a long but thin high-top table. Orders are taken. Food and drinks are delivered. The staff is debating and discussing our plan for next week, next month and next year. In the corner of the restaurant, a bearded, pudgy twenty-something man with unkempt hair sits on a stool with an acoustic guitar perched on his lap. A glass […]

Orthopedic Surgeons Endorse FBR Approach

by Randy Sullivan
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A few social media bombardiers nuked me recently when I said: Despite resistance from the mainstream, three separate orthopedic surgeons agree with the statement and have endorsed our process at The Florida Baseball Ranch. Dr. Ed Fehringer is from Omaha, NE. We have worked with his son for a few years now. Here’s what he say: “As an orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, I found myself frequently judging most baseball families as delusional when I would see them in my office. Worse yet, I passed my judgments onto orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students that I […]

Strangle The Suck Out Of It

by Randy Sullivan
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Championship seasons suck until they’re over and you get to bask in the glory. They suck because they’re demanding, grueling, full of pressure, etc…but a winning player is one who knows how to embrace the suck! Nobody knows that better than an army man. Here’s what I mean: Last week I got a call from my middle son,  US Army 2Lt Ryan Sullivan.  Ryan is currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA in training to become a tank commander.  He sounded tired. “How’s it going?” I asked. “It sucks. But, I love it.” He continued. “Yesterday they gave us a reconnaissance […]

New Technology Prevents Tommy John!

by Randy Sullivan
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So… this happened. We got our new Muscle Sound Unit and the company training rep,  Cedar, flew in from Colorado for a day of staff education. We’re really excited about this new technology.  It uses ultrasound to quickly test the fuel level of muscles, allowing us, for the first time ever, to objectively  measure recovery and readiness for competition.  It checks the athlete’s muscles for adequate levels of glycogen and a few other muscle fuel substrates. Muscles that are fuel deficient look different on ultrasound imaging than muscles whose tanks are full. With a little training, and a highly sophisticated computer […]

SAVAGE = Deadlifts, Squats and Bench Press?

by Randy Sullivan
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When I first met Jack (not his real name) in 2015, he had just completed his freshman year of college.  His first year as a mid-to-upper 80’s lefty at a D2 program hadn’t gone as well as expected.  When he arrived on campus the baseball program had jumped headlong into the heavy weightlifting culture that is pervasive in our game.  The key to velocity, they believe, is in the weight room. According to more than 1 internet guru, “If you can’t deadlift or squat 2 1/2 times your body weight, you shouldn’t even think about trying to throwing 90+ mph.” […]

The Top 4 Ways Pitchers Become Disconnected

by Randy Sullivan
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The definition of disconnected pitching mechanics: “Disconnected pitching mechanics” describes a pitcher whose body parts act independently, away from the natural synergy of the rest of the body or apart from a stable spine, which adds stress to connective tissue that can result in injury, premature fatigue and/or difficulty with recovery. Disconnections can also limit an athlete’s ability to summate the forces in the kinetic chain when throwing, thereby limiting the ability to achieve optimal velocity. And finally, disconnections can lead to early unraveling of the movement pattern, resulting in command issues and substandard pitching overall. The Throwing Myth Humans are […]

4 Differentiators Of Success

by Randy Sullivan
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I truly believe anyone can make it as far in this game as they want and that includes you. That’s not hyperbole of fluff. It’s what I believe. It’s what I know. Without that belief as the foundation of our process, the success of our students would be impossible. If you truly want to add velo, improve your command, eliminate your arm pain and reach performance heights grater than you can imagine, I believe you can do it. But, to get there you need 4 things and they all start with the letter D. Desire: As Napolean Hill said in […]
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The Key To Moving Up In Baseball

by Randy Sullivan
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There are no Freaks. No One Has A Ceiling. The Right Baseball Training Camps Prove That! Let’s face it. No matter how far you get in this game… Whether you make it all the way to the hall of fame or fizzle out in Little League, when it’s all said and done, we all become beer league softball players. If you love baseball and your desire is to play for as long as you can, you need to keep earning one thing… A jersey. As long as you have a jersey, you have a chance. When you’re in middle school, […]