Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ambidextrous Pitcher Pat Venditte on NPR

Ambidextrous Pitcher Gives His Team an Edge

Switch hitters are common in baseball, but what about switch pitchers? 
A relief pitcher at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., can throw equally 
well with both arms.It's almost unheard of in the game, and his coach says 
it gives the team an edge. 

Chucking Both Ways

A full-time switch pitcher hadn't faced a switch hitter in pro ball in 120 years... until this month. Pat Venditte, an ambidextrous pitcher with the Staten Island Yankees, set-off a comical chain of events in a game on June 19th when he and the batter he faced repeatedly switched sides... Right, left, right, left. 
The umps called time, met, and decided how the switch-off would end. We'll talk with Venditte on the show today, about the confusion of throwing from both sides, and what it's like to potentially be the first full-time switch pitcher in major leage history.

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