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Warning: Connection Ball Vandals Could End Your Baseball Career

by Randy Sullivan
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We get banged on a lot on the internet about our TAP connection balls. If you aren’t familiar with the connection ball, it’s pretty simple. It’s a yellow inflatable ball that has a little texture to the skin. We use it as a tool to create feel and feed the mistake on a few different arm action inefficiencies. We blend it into a series of drills designed to elicit more efficient, powerful, and durable movement patterns. How did we start using them? As the story goes, Coach Ron Wolforth, of the Texas Baseball Ranch was working with Ranch vet, Cody Springer […]

I Was a Savage!!

by Randy Sullivan
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About 2 years ago we hired a legit dynamo in our physical therapy clinic. For the interview, my CFO/COO, Amy and I met her at the pizza restaurant across the street from our physical therapy clinic. We wanted to do the interview on the down low since we really didn’t have any positions to fill, and we saw no need to get our current employees riled up or worried about their won job security. We interview potential employees constantly, looking for rock stars to add to our team. Our approach is to load our train with electric team members, then […]

Pre-Season Winter Training: The Hardwick Plan

by Randy Sullivan
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Ricky Hardwick was as cool a dude as you’d ever meet. He was quietly confident, physical and tough as nails. He didn’t say much, but he never backed down from anyone. A middle linebacker at Conway High School (home of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers), he roamed from sideline to sideline delivering viscious blows to wandering quarterbacks like me. I played against him on the football field before I knew him. On a scramble play in the second quarter of a 7-7 game, I broke containment and headed up field where I saw what I thought to be nothing but green […]

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 need strong legs, and pitchers need endurance to get deep into a game. Running long […]

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 school as a catcher, so I’m guessing he started with […]

Let’s Get Physical — Changing Pitching Mechanics is Serious Business

by Randy Sullivan
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Recently, I had a minor leaguer in for a Precision Strike, One Day, One-On-One Evaluation and Training Session. Since he’s currently in extended spring training with a pro team, he had to come in under the radar on a Sunday morning. So to maintain confidentiality, I’ll just call him “Lefty”. As I always do with minor leaguers, I asked Lefty what he thought were the biggest constraints keeping him out of the big leagues. He reported that since being drafted out of college as a 91-93 mph guy, he had been losing velo and had developed a shooting pain with associated […]

Ranch Fitness and Nutrition Director, Lisa Church

by Randy Sullivan
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So I was talking to a guy at the Florida Baseball Ranch during our open house on a Sunday. It was a beautiful Florida evening and we were chatting while enjoying our cold water and snacks. I had already given a 15-minute presentation to all that were there about what my role was and philosophies are at the Florida Baseball Ranch. But still, this guy asked me to elaborate more on my skills. Ya know, he was one of those who seemed like he was looking for a chance to debate or something. I get it, I’m a female in […]