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.'"

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