Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jeff Schwarz - Pitcher for the Chicago White Sox

Ambidextrous Pitcher in High School

Name: Jeffrey William Schwarz
Born: May 20, 1964 in Fort Pierce, FL
High School: Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Fort Pierce, FL)
College: None
Height/Weight: 6' 5" / 190
Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Both / RHP in the MLB
Draft: 1982: Chicago Cub in the 24th Round (596th)
Pro Teams: White Sox (1993-94), Angels (1994), Yokohama BayStars (1995 Japan)

Where is he now?
2012 - Pitching Coach with the Gulf Coast Marlins (Rookie Level)

Jeff Schwarz in the News:

Chicago White Sox - 1993
Two hours before Sunday's game at Comiskey Park, I ran into Jeff Schwarz, the ambidextrous White Sox middle reliever. I asked how he was feeling, if he was ready to go, the usual mundane questions.
"I'm ready-either right- or left-handed," he replied.
(Schwarz Doubly Armed and Ready by Jerome Holtzman, Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1993)

Schwarz starting throwing left-handed when he was 13 years old
I asked if it was true that he is ambidextrous, that he can pitch with either hand.It's true. When he was 13, pitching in Little League, he hurt his right arm in a skateboard accident. Surgery was required. Unable to compete, he began throwing with his left hand.He collected all the balls in his house-croquet balls, tennis balls, a football, whiffle balls. He practiced in the back yard. Later, he began throwing against a neighbor's tennis wall 2-3 hours every day."I made a commitment I would learn how to play left-handed," Schwarz explained. "It wasn't easy in the beginning. But it finally started coming around."The next season, he was a left-handed-throwing right-fielder in the Babe Ruth League, an alternate on the all-star team.
 (Well-armed Sox Rookie Finally Arrives by Jerome Holtzman, Chicago Tribune, June 10, 1993) 

Pro Stats:

Jeff Schwarz Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac
Jeff Schwarz Baseball Stats by The Baseball Cube

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