If you follow baseball or read The Wall Street Journal, you have most likely heard Rob Friedman’s name come up in the last couple of weeks. Friedman, a former Big Law lawyer turned technology entrepreneur who’s known on social media as the “Pitching Ninja,” is credited with helping “regular guy” Nathan Patterson, a 23-year-old software salesman, get a minor league contract with the Oakland A’s.

Patterson hit 96 mph on a speed gun during a rain delay at a Colorado Rockies game and the video went viral. He had already received coaching from Friedman, played in an amateur men’s league and gone through plenty of training. After Patterson was able to secure the contract, he thanked a number of people via Instagram, including Friedman.

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