Learn about ambidextrous pitchers – from Little League to the MLB.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Little League Rule for Ambidextrous Pitchers
Rule 8.01(f) – Baseball – Ambidextrous Pitchers
The following rule has been added governing ambidextrous pitchers:
8.01(f) A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he/she intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his/her glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he/she has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he/she has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief.
Previously, there was no restriction on when or how a pitcher might switch from right-handed to left-handed or vice versa.