Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What is a BHP?

In baseball, a BHP refers to a Both-handed Pitcher 
- a pitcher who can throw well with both arms.

Commonly known as a Switch Pitcher or Ambidextrous Pitcher.

Rarely known as Double Handed Pitcher or Two-way Pitcher.

Shorthand: BHP or RHP/LHP

Henry Knight BHP - Seattle

Ever heard of a BHP (both-handed pitcher)?

BHP is used on the Perfect Game USA website ...


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Inspiring One-armed Pitcher

High school pitcher Ben Albert thinks of his disability as more of an ability. With an ERA of just above 3.00, he is defying the odds by only having one arm. John Lauritsen reports. (Jun 6, 2012 by CBS)

Jim Abbott
A legendary left-handed pitcher with only one hand played in the Major League.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aubrey McCarty BHP, Switch Hitter

Aubrey McCarty  
Coquitt County High School, Moultrie, GA  (Class of 2013)
Hometown: Doerun, Georgia

College: Vanderbilt (Class of 2017)
2013 MLB Draft: Selected by the SF Giants in the 35th round (#1062 overall)

Positions: BHP, 1B
Throws: Both (ambidextrous)
Bats: Switch hitter, BA .331
Ht/Wt: 6-4"/205 lbs
Summer Team: Home Plate Chilidogs
No: 55

Glove: Mizuno ambidextrous glove
Pitches: fastball, cutter, curveball, change-up
Velocity: 92 mph RHP; 85 mph LHP

Aubrey McCarty is a switch hitter and both handed pitcher who can throw up to 89 mph  (Perfect Game 6/29/2012). Throws a fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup from both sides (watch video). At 6'3", McCarty also plays first base. 

As a 16-year-old, his throwing velocity topped out at 86 mph right-handed and 83 mph left-handed. 

McCarty started pitching both ways when he was 11-years-old. He is naturally left-handed, but learned to play baseball right-handed. When he was 13 or 14, he hurt his right arm, so he worked hard on throwing left-handed. Now he throws well with either arm. He committed to play for Vanderbilt as a two way player. Watch the interview

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, who is a rare ambidextrous pitcher, led the Packers with a 9-2 record and a 2.86 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58.2 innings last season (2012). Moultrie Observer

College Commitment: Vanderbilt


Aubrey McCarty
Call him Dr. Strangeglove

InsideVandy: Baseball, Feb 19, 2014
On the Vanderbilt baseball roster, Aubrey McCarty’s name is about as conspicuous as a stray cat in the outfield.  
In the roster’s bats-throws column, most players have some combination of right and left, depending on which side of the plate they hit from and which arm they use when throwing. The two position players who hit from both sides of the plate are listed as switch-right. 
That leaves McCarty, listed as switch-switch. No need to blame an intern for a lack of baseball knowledge, because it’s not an oversight. Aubrey McCarty is a two-way player who hits from both sides of the plate and pitches with both arms.

Colquitt's McCarty signs to play baseball at Vanderbilt - The Moultrie Observer
McCarty says he will continue to throw with both arms during his senior season with the Packers next spring and expects to use the same approach at Vanderbilt.

Colquitt County's Switch Pitcher

Tallahassee WCTV Eyewitness News | May 2, 2013

Moultrie, GA - To Aubrey McCarty, the switch is seamless. Opponents do a double take when he's on the mound. Sometimes, in between hitters, he effortlessly transforms from a righty into a lefty.

"I'm naturally left-handed," McCarty said, "but I've always played baseball right-handed because my dad rodeoed and he was right-handed roping and everything. And he didn't know how to teach me left-handed."

Read more

Colquitt’s Ambidextrous Pitcher Headed to Vanderbilt

Player Spotlight April 2013 | In the game magazine
A sport is not merely an organized individual or team athletic pursuit. A sport is also defined as an anomaly that gives an organism a special advantage over similar organisms. Aubry McCarty, the Colquitt County Packers senior pitcher/first baseman, is a sport in his chosen sport. McCarty, 18, is one of the rarest types of baseball players - a completely ambidextrous pitcher. He throws equally well from both sides, and he’s been doing so for the last six or seven years. At first glance, one might think McCarty’s talent is nothing more than a gimmick, an oddity he uses to overcome a lack of true baseball talent.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Homeplate Chilidogs Rally for 5-3 Win
A Vanderbilt commit, McCarty pitched the first 3 innings for the Chilidogs, topping out at 88 mph and later added an Rbi in the 7th inning on a bases loaded hit by pitch.  McCarty is an extremely rare athlete in that he is completely ambidextrous, throwing with both arms during the game and also switch-hitting.  In an interview with Perfect Game's Daron Sutton after the game, McCarty said he owed his dual coordination to growing up going to rodeos with his rodeo rider father, saying that cowboys have to be completely ambidextrous to perform their jobs well. (Perfect Game USA, 10/26/2012)

McCarty Switch Pitched in Scrimmage Game
The Colquitt County High baseball team defeated Worth County 12-6 in scrimmage game. Ambidextrous sophomore Aubrey McCarty, above, pitched the second inning left-handed and struck out the side. He pitched the third inning right-handed, giving up a single, but again striking out three batters. (moultrieobserver.com)

Creech enjoying Giants' second World Series championship
by Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer

As a Packers fan and as a scout, Ed Creech has kept an eye on Colquitt County’s Aubrey McCarty.

And he likes what he sees of the ambidextrous pitcher, who will be a senior on the Packers baseball team this season.

“He is one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever been around,” he said of McCarty, who has signed to play at Vanderbilt next year.

“He’s a loose kid and I like his arm action.”

And asked about whether throwing with both arms will continue to be an option at the college or professional level, Creech said, “If it works, it works.

“It’s intriguing.”

AubreyMcCarty55 on Twitter

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

6-year-old ambidextrous baseball player

Steven K. is a 6-year-old ambidextrous baseball player from Rochester NY, who can throw with both hands.

Watch the video of Steven throwing and fielding left- and right-handed. Notice how he practices with two gloves and uses good footwork to field the ball.

Ambidextrous throwers in the major league

Steven K ambidextrous pitcher at 7-years-old
Published on Jul 23, 2013
As you can see in the video, Steven is ambidextrous. Although throwing left handed is his primary side, he throws just as hard right handed.

Ambidextrous throwers in the major league

Throwing well with both arms is very rare.

The four players officially listed by Major League Baseball as being able to throw both left & right handed are: Tony Mullane (1881-1894), George Wheeler(1896-1899), Moxie Manuel (1905-1908) & Greg Harris (1981-1995). (source: baseball-almanac.com)

There are a few players in major league baseball who are ambidextrous and can throw with both arms. They are primarily right-handed pitchers, who also learned to throw left-handed when they were young. A couple of players, in the minor league, were dominant switch pitchers in high school.

David Robertson - RHP, NY Yankees
Robertson, a right-handed pitcher, started throwing lefty as a teenager, when his right shoulder was weak. He continued to throw lefty for fun at the University of Alabama. He did not become a switch pitcher, but he did face an ambidextrous pitcher in high school.
Nicknamed "Houdini" for his ability to escape pressure situations with runners on base.
A Wacky Wannabe Southpaw
Robertson Earns a Living With His Right Arm but Has More Fun Throwing Lefty

David Robertson Stats and Bio

Yu Darvish - RHP, Texas Rangers

Darvish is ambidextrous | Texas Rangers Blog
When Texas Rangers righthander Yu Darvish took the mound at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for a photo session on Friday night, he showed his ambidextrous side.
Darvish tossed from the mound from the right and left sides. Darvish throws from the left side during workouts as a way to keep his delivery in balance. While with Hokkaido Nippon Ham of the Pacific League, Darvish would throw from the left side on the first day after a start.

Jeff Schwarz - RHP, Chicago White Sox

A former right-handed pitcher with the Chicago White Sox, Schwarz started throwing lefty when he was 13 years old.

George Brett - 3B, Kansas City Royals

Brett was well known for pitching both left- and right-handed in batting practice. He also threw both left- and right-handed in the field – right as a 3rd baseman and left as a 1st baseman.

George Fills the Royals' Flush (SI Vault, June 21, 1976)

Fred Dunlap - 2B, Cleveland Blues (1880-1883)

The ambidextrous throwing Dunlap 
played for the Cleveland Blues from 1880 to 1883, where he secured his reputation as one of the best players in the game. In 1884, Dunlap was lured to play for the St. Louis Maroons where he became the highest paid player in baseball.


Brooks Robinson - 3B, Orioles

Robinson was ambidextrous - to a certain point. 
"I eat left-handed, write left-handed, play Ping-Pong and tennis and shoot left-handed, so from here down, I'm pretty well coordinated. But I can't throw left-handed at all. I do everything else left-handed, and I'm sure that helped me as far as being able to get the glove in the right spot and make the plays." (p231 in We Would Have Played for Nothing - by Fay Vincent)

Known as The Human Vacuum Cleaner, Brooks Robinson established a standard of excellence for modern-day third basemen. (Baseball Hall of Fame)


Minor League Ambidextrous Throwers

Pat Venitte - BHP, NY Yankees organization
Venditte was a standout switch pitcher for Creighton University. He began throwing with both arms when he was only 3-years-old.

Drew Vettleson - OF, drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010
Vettleson pitched with both arm for Central Kitsap HS (Silverdale, WA). Gatorade Washington Baseball Player of the Year. Recruited to play for Oregon State University.

Andrew Pullin - 2B/OF, drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012
Pullin was an outfielder and switch pitcher for Centralia HS (Centralia, WA). Recruited to play for the University of Oregon.

Bijan Rademacher - OF, drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2012
Rademacher is an outfielder who has the ability to throw with both arms (since he was six-years-old). Left-handed hitter for the Peoria Chiefs in Level "A". Recruited to play for Cal State Fullerton, but transferred to play baseball at Orange Coast College where he excelled. 

Dong-Yub Kim - OF, signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent out of South Korea in 2009 — as a right-handed throwing outfielder. Kim missed the 2010 season with surgery to his right shoulder. When he returned to the field in 2011, Cubs outfield coordinator Lee Tinsley spotted the young minor leaguer with his glove on the wrong hand — and throwing the ball left-handed. Read more

Matt Kubel pounds the strike zone

Left-handed pitcher Matt Kubel, who struck out six hitters from Nebraska in the 2012 Little League World Series, said that he focuses on pounding the strike zone. He tries to keep his head quiet (still) and just throw strikes.

Fairfield American Little League pitcher Matt Kubel talks about his team's 10-0 
state title victory over Avon Sunday evening in New Haven.

Kubel, the crafty 5' 11" 13-year-old lefty, led the Fairfield, Connecticut team to a 12-0 win over the kids from Kearney, Nebraska.

In five games, Kubel has a 0.96 ERA, with 18 strikeouts and 2 walks, while pitching in 18.2 innings.

Good luck to #27 and his New England team.

Matt Kubel stats


Thursday, August 16, 2012

What percentage of people are ambidextrous?

About one percent of people are ambidextrous. That's 1 in 100.

According to a research study in Finland that was published in the journal of Pediatrics, approximately one-in-100 people are ambidextrous, meaning they can use either hand for various (but not necessarily all) tasks with ease. 

The study involved nearly 8,000 children in Northern Finland, 87 of whom were mixed-handed, who completed questionnaires at ages 7 and 8, and again at 15 and 16. Since 90 percent of the population is right-handed, they compared both ambidextrous and left-handed individuals to this norm – right-handedness. (source: livescience.com)

What does being ambidextrous mean? 
To be ambidextrous means to be equally dextrous with either hand. That is, the ability to use both hands with equal skill and coordination. 
(alt.lefthanders FAQ)

What percentage of people are left-handed?
About 10% of people are left-handed.
Approximately, 90% of people are right-handed.

Interesting articles on handedness.
Why are more people right-handed?

Why are some people left-handed? An evolutionary perspective (pdf)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paul Richards - Ambidextrous Pitcher, Catcher, Manager

Paul Rapier Richards
Born: November 21, 1908 in Waxahachie, Texas

Position: Catcher 
Bats: Right, Throws: Right  
(Ambidextrous pitcher in high school) 
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

High School: Waxahachie HS (Waxahachie, TX)
(pronounced wahks-a- HATCH-ce)

MLB Debut: April 17, 1932 Final Game: September 22, 1946  

Ambidextrous Pitcher

Paul Richards was an ambidextrous high school pitcher, from Waxahachie, TX. Richards' first national notice was in Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" in recognition of pitching his Waxahachie High  School team to victory in both ends of a double-header, winning the first game right-handed, the second left-handed.
"In high school, I was the shortstop, the right-handed relief pitcher and the left-handed relief pitcher." (Richards interview by Red Smith, NY Times)
"He played on the diamond with his Waxahachie High School and had the ability to throw with either his right or left hand. He could play any position on the baseball field and was a pitcher for his high school team. He would throw with his left hand against a left handed batter and right hand if the man at the plate was batting from the right side. Paul was capable of catching, pitching or playing in either the infield or outfield. Eventually by the interest of the Brooklyn manage, Wilbert Robinson, Paul settled for catching as his place on the diamond." (New York World Champions 1933 by Robert Long)

Ambidextrous Pitching in the Minor League

Richards pitched with both hands in Minor League game on July 23, 1928 for the Muskogee Chiefs of the Class C Western Association against the Topeka Jayhawks.

Ambidextrous Pitcher turns to Catching

As far back as I can remember, the only thing I ever wanted to do was play baseball. My father was a schoolteacher, so I was taught pretty early on to read, and my favorite reading was the box scores and accounts of ball game that came down with the Dallas Newspapers.

I started out as a third baseman and  pitcher in high school. Strangely enough, I was an ambidextrous pitcher and actually did some ambidextrous pitching in professional ball at Macon, Georgia, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. At Macon, in 1930, our club had a few of its catchers get hurt, and there was a call for volunteers to go behind the plate. I volunteered and all of a sudden I'm a catcher, and I stayed a catcher for the rest of my career.
(from The Man in the Dugout: Fifteen Big League Managers Speak Their Minds)


Know as a baseball innovator, Richards designed an oversized catcher's mitt for handling Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleballs. The glove's design is still used today.

Some of his innovations were decades ahead of his peers. He calculated on-base percentages before that statistic had a name (he called it “batting average with bases on balls”), and was the first manager to enforce pitch counts to protect young arms. (Corbett)


Nicknamed “Sleepy” because of his classroom habits, Richards was team captain in his junior year, playing third base and pitching—with both arms.

As a baseball manager, he gained a reputation as a ferocious intimidator of umpires. One year he was ejected fourteen times and sportswriters nicknamed him “Ol’ Rant and Rave.” 

Richards pushed his players to be aggressive on the bases. They led the league in steals and Comiskey Park fans began shouting “Go! Go!” whenever a man reached base. The team was called the “Go-Go Sox” for decades. One sportswriter gave Richards his enduring nickname, “The Wizard of Waxahachie.” (Corbett)


"Switch-Pitcher' Richards Sets Record Straight

Bob Hersom | May 12, 1983
According to baseball legend, Paul Richards once pitched both games of a high school doubleheader, one right-handed and one left-handed. It's a good story, but it isn't true.
It's close to the truth, though.
During a lengthy interview, Richards was asked about the report of his ambidextrous high school hurling.
"That's not exactly right," said Richards. "I did pitch two complete games in two days, but I pitched with both arms in both games.
I'd pitch right-handed against right-handed batters and left-handed against left-handed batters. That was in 1926, when I was a senior at Waxahachie (Texas) High School."
Richards also pitched with both arms in the minor leagues.


Paul Richards Managerial Record (White Sox and Orioles)

Paul Richards - SABR Baseball Biography
by Warren Corbett

Paul Richards, or why you can't repeatedly swap pitchers

The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It (2009)
Warren Corbett chronicles the life and times of the baseball wizard who left an indelible mark on America’s national pastime.


Switch Pitchers in the MLB Player Draft

2013 MLB Player Draft

Drafted by the SF Giant in the 35th round (#1062 overall) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from Coquitt County High School, Moultrie, GA.
Bats: Both, Throws: Both  Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 lb. 

2012 MLB Player Draft

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Centralia HS (Centralia, WA).
Bats: Left, Throws: Both  Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb. 

Bijan Rademacher 

Orange Coast College, California 
LHP drafted by Cubs in the 13th round (#404 overall) in 2012 
Bats: Left, Throws: Both  Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 lb.   

2010 MLB Player Draft

Drew G. Vettleson
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 1st round (42nd) of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Central Kitsap HS (Silverdale, WA).  
Bats: Left, Throws: RightHeight: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb. 

2008 MLB Player Draft

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Creighton University (Omaha, NE) and the New York Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from Creighton University (Omaha, NE). 
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Venditte typically throws with the hand needed to gain the platoon advantage. 
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb. 

2003 MLB Player Draft

Brandon Berdoll
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 27th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft from Temple College (Temple, TX). (baseball-reference)

1982 MLB Player Draft

Jeffrey William Schwarz

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right (Ambidextrous)
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 190 lb.
BornMay 201964 in Fort Pierce, FL (Age 48) 
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 1982 amateur draft. (All Transactions)DebutApril 24, 1993
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Angels 1993-1994

1976 MLB Player Draft

Drafted by the California Angels in the 10th round of the 1974 MLB June Amateur Draft from Los Alamitos HS (Los Alamitos, CA)the New York Mets in the 4th round of the 1975 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase from Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA) and the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 1976 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase from Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA). 

Bats: Both, Throws: RightHarris alternated arms during one game. 
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 165 lb. 

Teams: New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. 
Switch pitched for one inning in the major leagues.


Paul Rapier Richards
Position: Catcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right  
(Ambidextrous in pitcher in high school) 
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.
High School: Waxahachie HS (Waxahachie, TX)
(pronounced Walks-tin- HATCH-ce)
Debut: April 17, 1932 Final Game: September 22, 1946  

Paul Richards was an ambidextrous high school pitcher, from Waxahachie, TX, who won a doubleheader by throwing righty the first game and lefty the second.  ... And he won both games! 
"In high school, I was the shortstop, the right-handed relief pitcher and the left-handed relief pitcher." (Richards interview by Red Smith, NY Times)

Richards pitched with both hands in Minor League game on July 23, 1928 for the Muskogee Chiefs of the Class C Western Association against the Topeka Jayhawks.