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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby gatorgreenwell » Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:16 pm

cards05 wrote:New rule time: what happens when a switch hitter steps up??? Somebody has to give, right?


Great question. Here is your video answer:

http://riveraveblues.com/2008/06/20/wat ... asco-3103/
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Bobbleheadrusty » Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:16 pm

gatorgreenwell wrote:
cards05 wrote:New rule time: what happens when a switch hitter steps up??? Somebody has to give, right?


Great question. Here is your video answer:

http://riveraveblues.com/2008/06/20/wat ... asco-3103/


Two things. The umpires in that clip are morons. The pitcher must choose his side FIRST and can not change during the at bat. A Switch hitter can change between pitches (like if a reliever comes on mid-atbat). The fact that they let a pitcher throw extra warmup mid-inning is bs too.

Though it doesnt really matter. Maybe if he worked on one arm he would be a one-armed major league pitcher instead of a two armed single a pitcher...
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby tinfoilxtouch » Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:32 pm

Wow. That video is just painful to watch.

I guess you can't possibly expect the umpires in low-level minor leagues to know the rules on a switch-handed pitcher. I wonder if this happened every time there was a switch hitter early in his career.
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby cards05 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:50 am

Padsin05 wrote: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


I'm pretty sure this is wrong. I think I've seen hitters switch sides when another reliever is brought in after an injury, which would of course be AFTER an AB starts. In any event, this is interesting and here's hoping this guy cracks the league.
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby thedude » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:22 am

cards05 wrote:
Padsin05 wrote: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


I'm pretty sure this is wrong. I think I've seen hitters switch sides when another reliever is brought in after an injury, which would of course be AFTER an AB starts. In any event, this is interesting and here's hoping this guy cracks the league.

A hitter can switch whenever he wants, but a pitcher cannot switch after the atbat starts. I would rather make this kid pitch lefty anyway (assuming i am equal from both sides).
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Fantasy Sports Genie » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:28 am

I have a vague memory that the specific rule for the batter has to do with not being allowed to cross the plate while the pitcher is on the rubber. But I could be making that up. In any case, it allows for the batter to switch sides between pitches.
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:35 am

Venditte had a similar “battle” in college that I witnessed a couple years back. A switch hitter came to the plate and established himself on the left side of the plate. Venditte turned around to put the glove on his right hand, turned around, and the batter had switched to the other side of the plate. He punched his glove and walked around the back side of the mound and switched hands. He pitched righty to the switch-hitter batting righty.
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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:46 am

All he did was lead the league in saves. ;-D

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Re: Ambidextrous Pitchers: Future Weapon?

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:56 am

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