Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pat Vendetti - Ambidextrous Pitcher is Double Threat

by Kevin O'Donnell, FOX 13 Tampa Bay
TAMPA - Pat Vendetti causes a lot of double takes. He's not a twin, but he's two different pitchers -- actually ambidextrous. He started at the age of three.
"It was my Dad's idea," Vendetti said. "He's been working with me ever since I started. He's been very supportive of me and I wouldn't be here without him today. I'm very appreciative of that."
For Vendetti, throwing with both arms comes natural. What makes it easier is his specially designed six-finger, two-pocket glove.
"It's a six-fingered glove," he says. "Two-thumbed glove with the pocket in the middle. You just kind of catch the ball over here, your makeshift pocket on either side. Depending on which hand you are catching with."

In 2010, Vendetti was one of the top relievers for the Tampa Yankees with an ERA of 1.84 in 24 games.

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