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Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Havok1517 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:05 am

I know this has been done a few times in the past century with I believe Greg Harris being the last MLB pitcher in baseball capable of throwing with both arms but what a relief weapon that would be if it could be effectively done and this might be the guy to do it. Imagine a Rich Harden or a Josh Beckett capable of throwing the same with both arms. Its not likely but its fun to think about.

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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby cards05 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:19 am

New rule time: what happens when a switch hitter steps up??? Somebody has to give, right?
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Padsin05 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:09 am

Its not that tough

Pitcher Steps on the mound first normally, so then the hitter has to decide after that

Pitcher would normally make the hitter hit from his worse side anyways.

Once an AB starts you CANNOT change hands, or sides of the plate
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:06 am

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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Inukchuk » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:11 am

Havok1517 wrote: Imagine a Rich Harden... capable of throwing the same with both arms.


That would be great. Then when he hurts his right arm in June, he can just switch over to the left. He might actually make it through an entire season! :-b
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby sandman042 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:39 am

lol it would be interesting to see pat venditte make the majors but well have to wait and see. right handed wise he throws around 89-90 so nothing spoecial there and left handed wise he throws high 70's to low 80's and his out pitch is a slider lefty and he is very inconst lefty w/ his velocity according to annoucers. i saw the game vs brookyln and si yanks and the annoucer said in college he struck out 39 batters pitching right/left or left/right in the same at bat lol..

if there were a pitcher w/ hardens stuff that can pitch ww/ both hands that would just be ridic. imaginestarting one game lefty and next game right .. bacially its a 2 for 1 deal. basically 60 starts from 1 pitcher lol... that = alot of fanatsy value
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby jdsun1 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:10 am

Inukchuk wrote:
Havok1517 wrote: Imagine a Rich Harden... capable of throwing the same with both arms.


That would be great. Then when he hurts his right arm in June, he can just switch over to the left. He might actually make it through an entire season! :-b


Oh boy, another Rich Harden joke. :-°
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby WyldStallyn » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:13 am

looking for a guy with harden stuff from both sides is a bit too much to ask for, imo. what about a guy who throws like randy wolf (healthy) lefty and shields righty. so righty you get:
12 wins, 170 k's, 200 ip, 3.90 era, 1.15 whip. lefty:
10 wins, 150 k's, 180 ip, 4.20 era, 1.25 whip.

combined, thats 22 wins, 320 k's, 380 ip, 4.04 era, 1.20 whip. not spectacular, but gold considering you get the production from just 1 player.

of course that would never happen. a ML team would likely make the pitcher just use one arm to get as advanced as possible. like when teams tell a switch hitter to only hit from one side (the sox did this with hanley)
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby tah161 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:54 am

Havok1517 wrote:I know this has been done a few times in the past century with I believe Greg Harris being the last MLB pitcher in baseball capable of throwing with both arms but what a relief weapon that would be if it could be effectively done and this might be the guy to do it. Imagine a Rich Harden or a Josh Beckett capable of throwing the same with both arms. Its not likely but its fun to think about.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news ... &fext=.jsp

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8U2xkHOTvvw



Throws 7 innings with the right arm and then the next day pitches 7 innings with the left arm. haha.

Or pitches 5 innings with the right arm and then 4 with the left. They would never get tired.
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:55 am

Inukchuk wrote:
Havok1517 wrote: Imagine a Rich Harden... capable of throwing the same with both arms.


That would be great. Then when he hurts his right arm in June, he can just switch over to the left. He might actually make it through an entire season! :-b


You mean another month until he hurts his left arm?
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