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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:04 pm

This is pretty cool. He changes throwing arms based on the batting side of the hitter he's facing.

Some interesting excerpts from the article:

College baseball has had a few switch-pitchers in the past 15 years, but the major leagues have had only one since the 19th century: Greg Harris, primarily a right-handed reliever for many clubs from 1981 through 1995, pitched one inning using both arms for the Montreal Expos in his final season. That outing was considered more stunt than strategy.

A switch-pitcher facing a switch-hitter could make a fine Abbott and Costello routine. Against Nebraska last year, a switch-hitter came to the plate right-handed, prompting Venditte to switch to his right arm, which caused the batter to move to the left-hand batter’s box, with Venditte switching his arm again. Umpires ultimately restored order, applying the rule (the same as that in the majors) that a pitcher must declare which arm he will use before throwing his first pitch and cannot change before the at-bat ends.

Pics of him throwing each way:
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There is also a video in the story page that you can view.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:07 pm

Judging from those pictures, I'd guess he's a natural righty. Also, I thought there was a rule preventing batters from switching which side they hit from during at at-bat, I didn't know there was one for pitchers as well, but it makes sense. Does he keep an extra glove on the field with him?
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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:09 pm

I thought his right-handed form looked better, too.

He has a special, ambidextrous glove with 4 fingers and 2 thumbs.

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Postby Simulacrum » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:13 pm

Really, really impressive.. almost as impressive as a Jim Abbott type (but not quite).
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Postby teddy ballgame » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:18 pm

My uncle could pitch with both hands too. He had a pickoff move where he would drop his glove and put the ball in his glove hand and the runner wouldn't think he could throw it over, and then he would pick him off. Of course that only worked the first time he faced a certain team.
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Postby j24jags » Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:16 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:Judging from those pictures, I'd guess he's a natural righty. Also, I thought there was a rule preventing batters from switching which side they hit from during at at-bat, I didn't know there was one for pitchers as well, but it makes sense. Does he keep an extra glove on the field with him?

That was the first thing that came into my mind as well.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:19 pm

Venditte :-[

Wrong Forum I guess. ;-7 :-b !+)
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Postby CadensDad » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:02 pm

This is pretty cool
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Postby thedude » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:23 pm

So he takes twice as long to get ready, right? I guess he will be a nice 40 or so round draft pick.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:27 pm

It's fun to watch him interact with switch-hitters. They each are trying to figure out what the other is going to do before they make a decision. :-b
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