Randy Dunnett: His Professional Comeback

Every retired athlete dreams of returning to competition at the level they most excelled at, and Randy Dunnett is no exception.

He retired from professional baseball in 2001 after two seasons with the Cook County Cheetahs in the Frontier League. He found his true calling as a baseball coach and instructor, and in the years since he hung up his spikes, Randy Dunnett has become one of the leading developmental baseball coaches in the United States. His Finish Strong Indoor Sportsplex and Force Elite Baseball Club have been providing outstanding coaching to up-and-coming players in the Chicago area for ten years.

But midway through this success story, Randy Dunnett got a chance to play ball again. “In 2007 after being retired from professional baseball for seven years, I signed a minor league contract to pitch for the Schaumburg Flyers professional baseball team.”

Randy Dunnett was with the team for the final twenty games of the season. “This was a fun chance without a lot of pressure,” he said at the time. “I jumped all over it.”

Randy Dunnett appeared in seven games as a pitcher for the Flyers, all of them in relief. He pitched a total of sixteen innings and had an earned run average of 7. “That’s not very good,” he conceded, “but with a little work it would’ve been easy to get it lower.”

The kind of work that he now provides to up-and-coming players at Finish Strong and Force Elite.

Randy Dunnett is still suiting up on game days. He has been a regular with the Chicago Central Men’s Senior Baseball League. He has been playing with the MSLB since 2006, even before he got the call from the Flyers, and has played in several national tournaments, from Las Vegas, Nevada to Jupiter, Florida, and points in between.


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