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This Ranch Guy Gained 24 mph in 3 Years and Got a D1 Power 5 Scholarship

by Randy Sullivan
During the winter of 2016, a young 8th grader named Camden Minacci checked in at our physical therapy clinic for rehab after surgery on his right forearm. Cam was a baseball player, but this was not a throwing injury. You see, a few weeks prior, Cam had been playing in a basketball game in one of those gyms with the short baseline area and a door under the basket. On a breakaway, he tried to use the brick wall as his brakes, and this happened (shown with the approval of Cam and his parents). It…

How Minnesota Twins RHP Kyle Gibson Earned The Best Season Of His Career

by Randy Sullivan
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I met Minnesota Twins starting pitcher, Kyle Gibson on December 20, 2016.  After a stellar college career at Missouri, Kyle was chosen with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He looked to be on the fast track to the majors until he was sidelined by a UCL tear in 2011.  He eventually made his major league debut on June 29th, 2013.  By 2015, he had become a mainstay in the Twins rotation. On the surface, Kyle’s career seemed to be trending upward.  However, underneath all the hope,…

Paradise By The Dashboard Lights

by Randy Sullivan
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One of the keys to efficient movement in pitching is stabilizing attractors. As described in several previous articles, in The Dynamical Systems Theory, which is the guiding force in our approach to training, “attractors” are stable parts of movements and “fluctuations” are the variable components. Through research and deductive reasoning, we’ve identified 7 attractors in throwing that must be stable for maximizing efficiency, performance and injury risk reduction. For more on our attractor-based…

The Gang Leader: Self-Organization of Four Menacing Velo Robbers

by Randy Sullivan
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Pablo Escobar, Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Carlo Gambino, Jessie James, John Dillinger. What do they have in common? They’re all notorious gang leaders — criminals who influenced their underlings to commit crimes against humanity.  Say what you want about the morality of their endeavors, but In their respective hay days, they were all highly successful, and their organizations functioned efficiently. However, in all cases, changes in their business environment (i.e., attention from The…

Better Late Than Ugly: Two-Strike Hitting

by Randy Sullivan
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Last month my business partner of 19 years, our CFO/COO, Amy Marsh and I were invited to New York City for the East Coast premiere of director Frank Chen’s highly acclaimed documentary, Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story.  The movie chronicles the inspirational journey of Taiwanese superstar Chien-Ming Wang’s resurgence and returns to the big leagues.  The Texas and Florida Baseball Ranches are featured in the film.  Wang’s credits his work with at the Ranch as playing a pivotal role…

An Open Letter From Our Owner And CEO

by Randy Sullivan
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Dear Trainees, Families, and Followers, These past few months have been chaotic, challenging and exhausting and at the same time, insightful, exhilarating, and gratifying.  Most of all we have been inspired and honored by the response from our colleagues and customers.  With three major events coming to a close — The Florida Baseball Ranch®/Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit, our Complete Game Summer Training Program and the largest Elite Performance Boot Camp we’ve ever held —…

Is The Tap Connector™ Throwing Club The Bomb?

by Randy Sullivan
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Turns Out The Germans May Have Had This Throwing Thing Figured Out My middle son, Ryan is a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He’s a tank platoon leader stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. One day during his initial tank training in Fort Benning, Georgia, Ryan was instructed to report to the firing range for grenade training.  The instructor, tasked with teaching the young officers in Ryan’s class the fine art of grenade throwing, was a salty First Sergeant from Macon, Georgia named Jedediah Jones.…

My Crazy Birthday Adventure In Amsterdam’s Red Light District

by Randy Sullivan
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On May the 8th, I celebrated my birthday in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and let me tell you It was crazy! Officials from Dutch National Baseball and Softball invited me to Holland as a guest instructor for five days, which happened to coincide with my birthday.  I arrived on May 5th via the (ahem) luxurious WOW Airlines — a company, by the way, that appears wholly committed to the color purple. After settling into my hotel in the City Center, I enjoyed a nice dinner, a few glasses of wine,…

How To Become a Knight

by Randy Sullivan
In 2011, The Kingdom of The Netherlands baseball team entered the World Cup as heavy, heavy underdogs.  I mean HEAVY … as in even their own national media gave them no chance. The Dutch media sent exactly zero representatives to Panama to cover the tournament. In retrospect, The Netherlands had some talent. Three players, Didi Gregorius, Xander Boegarts, and Johnathan Schoop would go on to play in the major leagues, but at the time of the tournament, they were all in the low minors.  When…

How To Throw 95 Without Getting Hurt

by Randy Sullivan
Did you see the 2018 MLB Allstar Game? If you did, then you noticed one common denominator on both sides of the ball — POWER! On the offensive side, there were twenty hits — 10 homers.  And on the mound, every pitcher was bringing straight fuel! Here are the maximum velocities of every pitcher in the game. Sale 100.7 mph Vazquez 99.9 Diaz 99.4 Foltynewicz 99.0 Severino 98.9 Treinen 98.9 deGrom 98.8 Scherzer 98.5 Snell 98.2 Jeffress 98.1 Morton 97.9 Jimenez 97.5 Hader 97 Berrios 96.9…