Sunday, September 23, 2012

Discussion Forums

Ask questions and share answers on the online forums. 

Here are a few forums that focus on ambidextrous pitching:

Ambidextrous Pitcher Forum - letstalkpitching.com
   Ambidextrous pitching and gloves

Ambidextrous Pitcher Forum - umpire.org
   Rules for ambidextrous pitchers

Ambidextrous Pitcher Forum - baseball-fever.com
   Ambidextrous pitchers in the majors

High School Baseball WebMessage Board Forums

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Answers to common questions about ambidextrous pitching:

Does anyone know if an ambidextrous pitcher can pitch 85 pitches right handed and then pitch the rest of the game left handed? 

A: No, a pitcher has a single pitch count, regardless of the arm used.

What would happen if an ambidextrous pitcher faced a switch-hitting batter?

Switch Hitter VS Switch Pitcher - YouTube


(Rule 8.01) regarding ambidextrous pitchers stating that a "pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter."
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Is there a rule for ambidextrous pitchers?
Is there any rule that states an ambidextrous pitcher must declare which hand he will throw?

Also, learn about the Pitchers Glove Rules 


(Rule 8.01) regarding ambidextrous pitchers stating that a "pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter."


Who is the ambidextrous pitcher in the pros?
Pat Venditte is the minor league switch pitcher with the NY Yankees organization. Venditte threw right- and left-handed as a relief pitcher for Creighton University.



Are there any ambidextrous pitchers at the college level?
Yes, Ryan Perez is a switch pitcher for Judson University. Perez is know for throwing 90 mph with both arms. 



What are the cost/benefits of ambidextrous baseball pitching at the college level? 
Pros:It's a cool talent to have and it will help market your name.It's great to have another hand to turn to if you can play outfield.Lefty's have better curveballs...even when they're also righties. 

Cons:It is a lot more work, if you aren't willing to put the time in don't try it.It is more stress on the back, sometimes my back got sore after pitching lefty.Getting a soft throw touch with the alternate hand is difficult, I would try to actively develop that if I could do it again.
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Can a batter switch to batting LH from RH and vice versa? Between pitches?

This happened in Washington State in a HS playoff game a few years ago.  Pitcher switched arms, batter switched boxes and back forth they went until the umpire stopped play and made them choose.  This led to a rule change in Washington permitting one change per batter/hitter per inning. The pitcher was Drew Vettleson, a rising prospect in the Tampa Rays system (OF).  He was a fine HS pitcher and threw both right and left.
source: HS Baseball Web
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