VIDEO: Former Florida Tech Pitcher Randall Thompson Delivers With Baseball-Inspired Business

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ABOVE VIDEO: Former Florida Tech pitching coach Randall Thompson got an idea for a million-dollar business while sitting in the dugout.


(TBO.COM) – Randall Thompson got the idea for a million-dollar business while sitting in the dugout at Florida Tech.

Thompson, the pitching coach at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, was listening to hitting coach Matt Mercurio give a lesson to the baseball team.

Mercurio was using a bat with the top half, or barrel, cut off, which makes it easier for hitters to watch their hands during a swing.

Thompson picked up the barrel and wondered: Could you drill that out and drink from it?

Three years later, in 2017, the Thompson Mug Co. sold more than $1 million worth of baseball bat mugs, which retail for $49 apiece.

One order came from the Toronto Blue Jays, which asked for 4,600, a gift for the team’s season-ticket holders, he said.

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