by FRANK DEFORD | NPR
August 11, 2010
For the 90 percent of us who do things the right way, it has probably escaped our attention that, for the past 34 years, Aug. 13 has been designated International Left-Handers Day. As a minority that has been historically put upon, you southpaws certainly deserve your own holiday this Friday.
However, and not to be gauche about it — in sports, every day is left-handers' day.
Trust me, if you are a young parent and you want to give your son every advantage — spending a fortune sending him to all the right schools, and teaching him all sorts of cultural skills — just save your money.
Instead, tie his right arm behind his back as soon as he gets out of the crib and teach him to be a left-handed relief pitcher, and that kid of yours will still be making a good living pitching when you're in assisted living — him paying your way. A left-handed reliever can go on forever.
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Switch Pitcher - Harder to hit throwing lefty than righty
|Henry Knight pitching left-handed|
Henry Knight is a switch pitcher, who is naturally right-handed, but he his much harder to hit against when he throws left-handed. During the high school season he only gave up one earned run throwing lefty, vs a handful throwing righty. He throws the same pitches from both sides, but the left-handed throws have more movement and are harder for the batter to track.
As a lefty, Henry Knight had a 0.78 ERA pitching on varsity in his sophomore year.
Knight finished the 2013 season with a 11:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (22K/2BB).
Left-handed Baseball Players Have Advantage
July 14, 2008 by
A brief article on the Washington University in Saint Louis website discusses how left-handed pitchers and hitters have a distinct advantage in the game of baseball.
This is probably not surprising news to most readers of this site, but the math has been done, and despite roughly 90% of the adult population being right-handed, about 25% of professional baseball players are left-handed. Two and a half times the national average is no joke.
Statistics brought out in the article to support the thesis that baseball favors lefties include the fact that 59 of the 138 hitters enshrined at the baseball hall of fame are lefties. That’s nearly 43%.
When the eight switch-hitters are added to the tally, the percentage rises to 49.
Baseball diamonds: the lefthander’s best friendBy Tony Fitzpatrick
What gives a left-handed pitcher an advantage over a left-handed batter?
Find out the answer here
Find out the answer here