Sunday, March 15, 2015

Are all switch hitters naturally right-handed?

No, but the majority of switch hitters are naturally right-handed.

In the human population, about 10% of people are left-handed and 90% are right-handed.

Only 1% of people are ambidextrous – both right- and left-handed.

Henry Knight switch hitting in the Mickey Mantle state tournament.
(composite photo by Tim Knight)
It is rare for a natural lefty to bat right-handed, but I have coached a few lefties who throw and hit right-handed.

It is not unusual for a natural righty to bat left-handed. Coaches prefer to have a few left-handed hitters in the lineup.

In a PAC-12 game, six-of-nine batters for UCLA were left-handed.

Hitting a baseball is hard to do. Learning to switch hit takes a lot of extra work, so you don't see many switch hitters.

Switch hitters are very rare in high school. Only 1-2% of high school players are switch hitters.

Note: The original question about switch hitters was from a keyword search.

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