Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oldtime Baseball Game - Double Take

Ambidextrous pitcher switches sides to pitch for road team
"Matt Brunnig, who is ambidextrous, pitched one inning right-handed for the home team in 2003, and then changed uniforms and pitched one inning left-handed for the road team".

Oldtime Baseball Game - History 
St. Peter's Field, Cambridge, MA

The Oldtime Baseball Game is a celebration of our national pastime, played each year at beautiful St. Peter’s Field on Sherman Street in North Cambridge. From its humble beginnings in 1994, the game has grown considerably over the years, yet has remained loyal to its mission of offering a glimpse of what it was like in the old days, when hundreds of fans would turn out to root for their “town” team in various local semipro leagues.
Players from the game are chosen from colleges and universities from the Boston area, with an occasional high school player or retired big-leaguer added to the mix.

Sam Shaughnessy - Boston College

Born:  October 2, 1987 in Newton, Massachusetts

Position: first baseman and corner outfielder 
Bats: Left
Throws: Left-handed, but also can throw right-handed
Hometown: Newton, MA
High School: Newton North High School
College: Boston College 2006 — 2010
Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Carroll School of Management
Jersey Number: 42
wore jersey #24 in high school since Ken Griffey, Jr. was a favorite player

According the Boston College baseball profile: Sam is a solid hitter. Started 29 games as a redshirt Freshman (2008) ...led the team with a .418 on-base percentage ... 11 of his 25 hits went for extra bases. One coach commented that Sam was ambidextrous - pitching with both arms in a game - but he plays baseball left-handed.

His father, Dan Shughnessy, wrote a book called "Senior Year" about Sam's experience at Newton North High School and his passion for playing baseball. He hit .358 with 18 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits as a senior; drew 31 walks in 22 games.

Boston College Profile 

Where is he now?
Sam Shaughnessy - LinkenIn 

Newton slugger on way to BC
North senior chose local favorite despite a trip to Notre Dame
by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff 

"BC's interest in Shaughnessy heightened after he hit three home runs against Malden Catholic in a state tournament game. During the high school season this year, the 18-year-old Shaughnessy hit .380, with seven home runs, 16 runs batted in, and a .785 slugging percentage.

Connerney said that Shaughnessy is also an underrated fielder and has an unusual ability to throw with either hand. In a Babe Ruth baseball game years ago, Shaughnessy pitched lefty and righty in one contest, just as Greg Harris once did for the Red Sox. In most games, he throws left-handed because he fields better with his right hand." (Boston Globe)

Senior Year by Dan Shaughnessy 
A proud father, a power-hitting son and a lifetime of memories come through in one memorable season (book excerpt in Sports Illustrated)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Max Homick - ambidextrous star

Maxwell Joseph Muzio Homick
Born: June 10, 1992
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego
College: University of San Diego, freshman in 2012

Positions: LHP/OF/1B
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Height/Weight: 6'3'', 205 lb.

Uses 4 gloves to play several positions:
Left-handed - LHP, 1B, OF  ( up to 90 mph fastball)
Right-handed - 3B

Max can throw well with either arm, but only pitches left-handed in games. He plays 1B and OF left-handed; and can play 3B right-handed. Max started playing baseball when he was 11 years-old and apparently played catcher, shortstop and third base right-handed. He played hockey left-handed and writes with his right hand.

Although, Max is not an ambidextrous pitcher, I thought this was an interesting story of an ambidextrous baseball player who has potential at the college level.

Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) junior Max Homick, already committed to the University of San Diego, is batting .382 with two home runs and can touch 90 miles per hour on the mound.

"He’s still a young kid. He can play first, outfield or be a left-handed pitcher. I don’t see him being a right-handed third baseman, so why try it? I think it’s going to inhibit him from getting better. We’re just trying to make him keep his feet on the ground." (comment by high school coach)

Mike Spiers, who directs the national-champion ABD Academy program, encourages Homick to throw right-handed at times because (1) he believes it helps save wear and tear on his left arm and (2) "he’s got a very strong right arm." (comment by select team coach)

Max Homick is an Ambidextrous Gem
by Jim Ecker, Perfect Game, January 21, 201

Max Homick gets strange looks on a baseball field sometimes. Opponents aren't sure what they've just seen. Does he have a twin brother? Are they seeing double? Is it an optical illusion?
That's what happens when you pitch with your left hand, then occasionally move to third base and throw with your right hand.
"They don't believe it at first," Homick told Perfect Game USA. "I start seeing these weird looks. After the game they'll be like, 'Did you just throw with both hands?' And I say, 'Yeah, I did.' Everyone just thinks it's crazy. Everyone is like, 'Man, I wish I could do that.'"