Monday, January 26, 2015

Pat Venditte News 2015

Venditte signs with the Athletics!
Pat Venditte pitcher for Italia
(Photo by MG-Oldmanagency / FIBS)

Pat Venditte, Jr. - A professional Switch PItcher formerly with the New York Yankees organization - has signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics (Nov 19, 2014)

2015 Nashville Sounds, Nashville, TN
Class AAA, Affiliation: Oakland Athletics

Pat Venditte (PatVenditte) on Twitter

2014 Stats - Trenton Thunder AA
0.82 ERA, 22 IP, 30K, 5BB

2014 Stats - Scranton/WB RailRiders AAA
3.36 ERA, 56.1 IP, 53K, 17BB 

Jan 26, 2016

Why Pat Venditte Should Actually Make The Opening Day Roster
By Nico,

By and large, the switch-pitching Pat Venditte is a feel-good story. He's the kind of player you adopt as a fan favorite and act like you want him on the team, until you start worrying about the standings and admit that "No, he's probably not one of the best 25 choices -- it's just that he's soooooo cool!"

I have never seen Venditte pitch, so all I have to go on at the moment are his pedigree (meh, a 29 year old 20th round pick yet to pitch above AAA) and his minor league stats (pretty darn good, actually), and when I actually watch him throw to hitters I will have a better sense of how often I think he can get big leaguers out.
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November 22, 2014

Switch-pitcher Venditte inks Minor League deal
Former Yankees farmhand posted 2.46 ERA over seven seasons
By Andrew Simon /

The A's reportedly have signed a right-handed pitcher and a left-handed pitcher, all in one move.
The ambidextrous Pat Venditte will take his switch-pitching talents to Oakland on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, according to a recent tweet from his agent, Marc Kligman. The club has not confirmed the signing.
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November 25, 2014

Former Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte on signing with Athletics
By Bluejays Today

Former Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss signing with the Oakland Athletics, his time in the New York Yankees farm system, pitching with both arms and more.
Venditte, an Omaha Central grad, is professional baseball’s only ambidextrous pitcher. He was 3-6 with a 3.25 ERA in two seasons of Class AAA ball. Throughout his full minor league career, Venditte has a 2.46 ERA in 384 23 innings.
Last week, Venditte signed with the A's, which came with an invitation to spring training.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shifty Gears, Softball's Greatest Switch Pitcher

Harold P. "Shifty" Gears - Softball Switch Pitcher

Pitched 61 no-hitters and 9 perfect games

His career record was remarkable. Gears finished with 866 wins and 115 losses with 13,244 strikeouts.

He pitched 61 no-hitters and 9 perfect games, and from 1925 to 1947 was the primary pitcher in 58 championships of various types. 

He was the first player inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame when it opened in 1957, a unanimous selection.

Gears, whose nickname came from his moves on the basketball court, was born in Rochester in 1907. He retired from Kodak in 1972 and died in 1974.

Shifty Gears, Softball's Greatest 
Has Turned In 54 No-Hitters

The Brownsville Herald, 4 Jun 1940
By Jerry Brondfield

Harold (Shifty) Gears is softball's composite of Bob Feller, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.
Perhaps the greatest pitcher ever to step on a softball field, the 32-year-old, bespectacled athlete
has compiled a record that defies parallel.

Shifty Gears started chucking a softball 18 years ago and has 54 no-hit games to his credit.

Employed as a sheet metal worker at Eastman Kodak Company, fo which he now pitches, Gears has won 683 games and lost 87. More than 300 of his victories were shutouts. His strikeouts total is close to 11,500.

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Oklahoma City Getting Softball Hall of Fame
The Journal News (Hamilton, Ohio) 16 Apr 1971

The ASA Hall of Fame was born in 1957 when Harold (Shifty) Geers, now 62, of Rochester, N.Y., was chosen as the first inductee. Gears pitched for the Kodak Park team, winning 866 of 961
games and striking out 13,244 batters.

Right Or Left

His pitches carried as much velocity whether he threw right handed or left handed. In the
1942 world tournament at Cleveland they tried to stop Gears from being a switch pitcher.

The lat M. J. (Mike) Pauley, then executive secretary, went on the field before a game with
Detroit's Briggs Beatyware team and informed Gear he would have to let the batter know in
advance whether he was going to throw right or left handed.

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Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish 1963

Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish 1963

The Montana Standard and The Butte Daily Post, 6 Jan 1963

Q. We hear a lot about switch hitters in baseball, especially since Mickey Mantle came into the picture.

But are there now, or have there ever been, any switch pitchers or fielders?
- Horsehide Harry.

A. A few baseball players, like a minority of persons in other occupations, are born ambidextrous, but ball players usually settle down to one arm or the other as far as throwing is concerned. Many who are naturally right-handed train themselves to bat left-handed, as you undoubtedly know, because it puts them a step or so nearer first base to start with, and it gives them a shot at the many short right field fences in modern parks.

Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish is the classic example of a modern major league pitcher who is truly ambidextrous and could have pitched with either arm.

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