Saturday, January 31, 2015

Effective Velocity theory by Perry Husband

The same velocity pitch can appear to be faster or slower based on the location relative to the batter. A pitch thrown up-and-inside appears to be faster than the same velocity pitch located low-and-away.

In the pitcher/hitter confrontation, whoever controls time, wins.  It really is that simple.




Effective Velocity (EV) is the study of pitch speed and how location changes the reaction time by forcing the hitter to hit the ball at a contact point that is different than they were ready for. When a pitch at 90 MPH is inside or outside, the speed "Effectively" changes because the hitter has to hit the ball earlier or later as though the pitch gained or lost speed. So, in essence, the pitch location has caused the hitter to gain or lose reaction time. For every 6" inches that the ball changes laterally, there is a little less than 3MPH gained or lost. (source: hittingisaguess.com)



Watch the video for a description of effective velocity.


Effective Velocity Description by Perry Husband


The Essence of Velocity
by Jason Turbow, 18 Jun 2014

Effective Velocity is made up of six tenets, some of which are commonsense and already utilized by successful pitchers at the game's highest levels, others so complex that even major league coaches have difficulty grasping them. It starts with the idea that all pitches are not equal — even those that appear to be identical on the radar gun.
It hinges on response time. Husband's model is based on the arc of hitters' swings, and the understanding that bats must move farther to reach pitches on the inner part of the plate than on the outside edge. Put another way, a batter can hit an outside fastball as it crosses the plate, but to make solid contact with an inside fastball, he must reach it much sooner — up to 2 feet in front of the plate — which requires the hitter to move the bat a greater distance in less time. With this detail in mind, it makes sense to build an approach based not on a pitch's radar speed, but how quickly the man standing in the batter's box can react to it.
This is the basis for the "effective" portion of Effective Velocity.

Learn about Effective Velocity >>



Koji Uehara EV Example
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Switch Pitcher in the MLB?

Has there ever been a switch pitcher in the major leagues?

Check out this answer:

source: Panama City News-Herald, 23 Aug 1973

Greg Harris switch pitches in a major league game in 1995

Harris was the first major league switch pitcher in 100 years!


Could there be a major league switch pitcher in 2015?

It's possible ...

Pat Venditte is a switch pitcher in the minor leagues for the Oakland Athletics. For the past few years he was with the Yankees ... switch pitching in AAA.

Venditte could be the first ambidextrous pitcher to throw in an MLB game - since Greg Harris switch pitched for one inning back in 1995.

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Venditte switch pitches in exhibition game 2010

Pat Venditte faced a switch-hitter in his first MLB exhibition game of the 2010 pre-season. He has yet to pitch in a regular big league game.

Yankees use switch pitcher in game
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Jack Vaughan from Binghamton 1955


Switch Pitcher from Binghamton
The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), 8 Dec 1955

Binghamton, N.Y. - Jack Vaughan says he's a natural southpaw but in football and baseball he can throw with either hand.

The six foot one 165-pound North High freshman led his team to four victories in as many games on the gridiron this fall.

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Dave Hoffman, 11-year-old switch pitcher 1958


Hitters Never Can Tell which Way It's coming

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin (Racine, Wisconsin) 1 Jun 1958 
By Carm Papara

Husky Dave Hoffman, a sixth grade scholar at the Stephen Bull school, is a disciple of the theory that in pitching a baseball, two arms are better than one.

This means that when the 11-year-old lad, a member of the Red Sox team in YMCA Little Leagues, has trouble getting batters out with his southpaw delivery, he can quickly switch his mitt and pitch with his right hand.

The ambidextrous youngster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoffman, is basically a lefty, but with encouragement from his father, the boy learned how to throw right-handed as well two years ago. (when he was 9-years-old)

Dave, who chats baseball at home almost constantly, mixes curves and fastballs and is hopeful of a good season, his first in Little Leagues. Prior to this year, he played neighborhood ball, starting when he was about 4 years old.

Ability to pitch with either hand should prove a big assest. Dave, facing a left-handed batter, can come in with some left-handed slants. Against a right-hander, of course, Dave switches his mitt and pegs with his right hand.

Tricky Situation

Someday, an intriguing situation might present itself.

What if Dave has to pitch against a switch batter - a fellow who can swing from either side of the plate?

Could be the two boys might stare each other down into a stalemate, each waiting for the other to make a move.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ambidextrous Pitcher Charley Friene - Athletics 1910


Connie Mack Will Have Accomplished Athlete on His Team

The Western Sentinel (Winston-Salem, NC), 4 Feb 1910

When Connie Mack and his Athletics play in Greenville on the afternoon of March 28, he will have on his team an ambidextrous pitcher. This young man answers to the name of Charley Friene and can deliver a ball to the batter as good with his left hand as he can with his right. Here is what they say of him:

"Charley Friene has come to terms with Connie Mack and mailed back his contract. The Philadelphia club will have in Friene a young pitcher of unusual ability. He is an ambidextrous thrower. There are very few pitchers who can shoot the ball over the plate with either hand, but Friene has done it.

He has pitched part of a game with his right hand and finished up with his left. Friene usually pitches with his right. It is only when he is tiring or has some dangerous southpaw hitter that he pokes them over with his left. John Reilly discovered the youngster, who is a graduate of Santa Clara College, and recommended him to Connie Mack."

Found on Newspapers.com .

An Ambidextrous Pitcher Bobs Up


The Daily Times (New Philadelphia, Ohio) 9 Mar 1910
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Charley Friene Allows but Five Hits

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA) 1 Jul 1909

Charley Friene, the young Santa Clara College pitcher, was too good yesterday and Bill Bloomfield wasn't good enough. That tells the story of the second game of the Oakland-San Jose series. The score against us was 5 to 2. Oakland made five hits from Friene's delivery and they were scattered over as many innings , while the Prune Pickers hammered Bloomfield for 11 safeties. Eight of the eleven were made by Lovette and Hap Smith, each of whom got four.

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Best Tractors Trim All-Star In Big Game

Charley Friene Helps Make Pennant Day a Success by His Pitching

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA) 21 Oct 1918
By Maury Pessano

The C.L. Best Tractors of San Leandro celebrated the raising of the Oakland Tribune pennant presented to them as champions of the Mission League by handing Fred Krumb's Mission League All-Stars a 5-to-1 beating.

It was due to the great pitching of Charley Friene, who did a come-back on the mound after a long layoff, and even though the All-Stars gathered eight hits off his delivery the kept them pretty well scattered.

The Best Tractors had one of the biggest days that was ever held in San Leandro, when they hoisted the pennant to the flag pole in center field.

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Charley Friene - Baseball-Reference.com
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Elton Chamberlain 1891



Switch Pitcher Elton Chamberlain

The Topeka Daily Capital (Topeka, Kansas) 19 Sep 1891

The famous pitcher, Elton Chaberlain, who is a present causing the sphere
to gyrate in a puzzling manner for the Athletics of Philadelphia, on e of the best clubs in the American association, is a native of Warsaw, N.Y. There it was that the now well know knight of the diamond first saw daylight some twenty-four years ago.

After the usual amateur apprenticeship, Chamberlain commenced to play ball for the almighty dollar in 1885 with the Hamilton (Ont.) club. The next year he jumped into the Southern league and twirled the leather for Macon, Ga. His work with Louisville in 1887 brought him considerable of a reputation, which was greatly increased, when, in 1888, his pitching very materially assisted St. Louis to win the American association pennant.

After another season with St. Louis Barr pitched for Columbus. He is one of the few ambidextrous pitchers in the baseball business. One of his best games was pitched June 7, this season, when Columbus only made one hit during the game.

Read the original news article


Learn about Elton "Ice Box" Chamberlain

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Roy Gibbens, Texas A&M 1947


Ambidextrous Ace

Waco News-Tribune, 27 Mar 1947

Roy Gibbens, ambidextrous pitcher for Texas A. and M. College, is undefeated for the season.
He can switch to either arm at will. That he puzzles batters is attested by the fact that
he has fanned 14 in 15 innings.

See the Photo

Found on Newspapers.com .

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shifty Gears, Softball's Greatest Switch Pitcher


Harold P. "Shifty" Gears - Softball Switch Pitcher

Pitched 61 no-hitters and 9 perfect games

His career record was remarkable. Gears finished with 866 wins and 115 losses with 13,244 strikeouts.

He pitched 61 no-hitters and 9 perfect games, and from 1925 to 1947 was the primary pitcher in 58 championships of various types. 

He was the first player inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame when it opened in 1957, a unanimous selection.

Gears, whose nickname came from his moves on the basketball court, was born in Rochester in 1907. He retired from Kodak in 1972 and died in 1974.




Shifty Gears, Softball's Greatest 
Has Turned In 54 No-Hitters

The Brownsville Herald, 4 Jun 1940
By Jerry Brondfield

Harold (Shifty) Gears is softball's composite of Bob Feller, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.
Perhaps the greatest pitcher ever to step on a softball field, the 32-year-old, bespectacled athlete
has compiled a record that defies parallel.

Shifty Gears started chucking a softball 18 years ago and has 54 no-hit games to his credit.

Employed as a sheet metal worker at Eastman Kodak Company, fo which he now pitches, Gears has won 683 games and lost 87. More than 300 of his victories were shutouts. His strikeouts total is close to 11,500.

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Oklahoma City Getting Softball Hall of Fame
The Journal News (Hamilton, Ohio) 16 Apr 1971

The ASA Hall of Fame was born in 1957 when Harold (Shifty) Geers, now 62, of Rochester, N.Y., was chosen as the first inductee. Gears pitched for the Kodak Park team, winning 866 of 961
games and striking out 13,244 batters.

Right Or Left

His pitches carried as much velocity whether he threw right handed or left handed. In the
1942 world tournament at Cleveland they tried to stop Gears from being a switch pitcher.

The lat M. J. (Mike) Pauley, then executive secretary, went on the field before a game with
Detroit's Briggs Beatyware team and informed Gear he would have to let the batter know in
advance whether he was going to throw right or left handed.

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Jeff Schley of Tallmadge HS 1989


Ohio High School Boasts Switch-Pitcher
Tyrone Daily Herald, 27 May 1989

Tallmadge, Ohio (UPI) - You've seen switch-hitters in baseball. Mickey Mantle and Pete Rose are the most famous of the bree who could hit from either side of the plate. ...

Now get ready for a switch-pitcher.

Jeff Schley of Tallmadge High School near Akron is this ambidextrous rarity, who can switch arms form game to game, inning to inning and sometimes from batter to batter.

Last week, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior hurled a no-hitter with his left arm in an Ohio high school state tournament game against Springfield Local.

When his left arm felt tender a few days later, he made his next start against Akron Ellet as a right-hander and raised his record to 4-1.

"I've never seen a kid like him," says Dave Young, who in 26 years as the Tallmadge coach has
consistently turned out some of Ohio's best schoolboy teams.

Earlier this season he pitched four innings as a left-hander," Young says. "In the fifth inning the
other team had their big right-handed hitters coming up so I had him switch to the right hand
and he struck out the side."

"I have thrown left and right in the same inning," says the 16-year-old phenom, who simply changes his floppy old glove from one hand to the other.

Schley says he has had this ability for as long as he can remember. He can eat with either hand. He'll never get writing cramp because he can even write with either hand.

"The first time I ever pitched with both arms was in Little League when I was 12 years old," Schley says. "I had been a right-hander until then but one day I forgot my glove. The only glove I could borrow was a left-hander's. I told them not to worry about it. So I pitched with my left arm and I've been switching ever since."

"Actually, he's a little better with his left," Young says.

When he's not pitching, he's the team's regular left fielder and was hitting .302 through 20 games with four hour runs and 18 RBI.

No doubt he's a switch-hitter, right coach?

"No," Young says.

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Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish 1963


The Montana Standard and The Butte Daily Post, 6 Jan 1963

Q. We hear a lot about switch hitters in baseball, especially since Mickey Mantle came into the picture.

But are there now, or have there ever been, any switch pitchers or fielders?
- Horsehide Harry.

A. A few baseball players, like a minority of persons in other occupations, are born ambidextrous, but ball players usually settle down to one arm or the other as far as throwing is concerned. Many who are naturally right-handed train themselves to bat left-handed, as you undoubtedly know, because it puts them a step or so nearer first base to start with, and it gives them a shot at the many short right field fences in modern parks.

Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish is the classic example of a modern major league pitcher who is truly ambidextrous and could have pitched with either arm.

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Found on Newspapers.com
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Katcher Ralph 1948


Today's Sport Parade
by Oscar Fraley, United Press Sports Writer
Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana)
10 Jul 1948

Don't look now but Lubbock of the West Texas-New Mexico league has a pitcher named Katcher Ralph, which is his front handle, is not only a pitching Katcher but a switch pitcher who throws with either arm.

His ambition: to have Katcher switch pitch against a switch hitter.

Read the article

Found on Newspapers.com

Backstory:


In 1942, Katcher entered the service. During the war he injured his left shoulder in a wrestling match in France and when he got back to the states he found he could no longer throw left handed.

So the pitching Katcher decided to try pitching with his right arm and he did so well in amateur games around Stillwell that he was signed by Texarkansas, Texas of the Class B Big State league.
(source: The Ogden Standard-Examiner, 8 Jul 1948)

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Jimmy Wadlow 1944


York Castoff Is Switch Pitcher

Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 8 Jun 1944


Jimmy Wadlow, 22 year-old pitcher who can throw from either port or starboard, is trying to make up his mind whether to be right or lefthanded when he tries out with Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League.

Wadlow is registered as a righthander but he always has carried a pretty fair spare tire in the southpaw, even before he broke his right arm serving up a fast pitch in 1941.

"I've got a lot more speed and a better curve when I'm a southpaw," said Jimmy while visiting his parents here. "But my control is bad from the port side."

Cut loose by York, Pa., of the Interstate League after he had beaten Wilmington, 4-2, in his only start of the season, Jimmy began thinking seriously about switching to southpawing.

"My arm felt good but after I beat Wilmington it got tight and sore. Maybe I'll give it another try in the warm California sunshine. The, if it doesn't come around, I'll concentrate on my left-handed control. Who knows, maybe I'll have two good pitching arms eventually."

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Note: It's unusual for a natural righty to have more velocity from the left side. I would call Wadlow an ambidextrous thrower, not a switch pitcher, since he was only pitching right-handed in games.


Found on Newspapers.com .

President Truman - First Pitch 1948


President Harry S. Truman
Truman Switches From 'Catching' to Pitching

by Earnest Barcella, 19 Apr 1948

President Truman, who has been catching it from the left and right, will do some pitching today.

With 35,000 upper-case and just-plain fans watching at Griffith Stadium, Mr. Truman will throw out the ceremonial "first" pitch inaugurating the 1948 major league baseball season.

Mr. Truman is the only switch-pitcher in the 36 years since William Howard Taft started the custom of presidential "first" pitches. Two years ago, Mr. Truman threw left-handed. Last year, he was ambidextrous, throwing two pitches - one left-handed and one right-handed.

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Found on Newspapers.com

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President Harry Truman wrote with his right hand, but could throw well with both arms.
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Kenneth Thompson 1948

Feature Photo of a 16 year-old ambidextrous pitcher from North Carolina.

Now a Switch Pitcher
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 30 May 1948

The switch hitter is accepted as common, but there's a new wrinkle on the baseball scene, a high school youngster who chucks them with either hand.
Kenneth Thompson pitching left- and right-handed. (Found on Newspapers.com)

The hurler, Kenneth Thompson of Windsor, North Carolina, has only yielded five hits in 18 innings and is the outstanding pitcher on his high school team. When the batter goes from left to right, Thompson follows him, throwing left-handed to the left-handed batter and vice versa.

The ambidextrous pitcher is only 16 years old.

See photo feature

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The Happy Ballhawk - Angel Macias


15-Year-Old Mexican Lad May Become Diamond Ace

The Bridgeport Post, 29 May 1960

Could one of the world's finest baseball players be a mere boy of 15?

Millions of Mexicans - from the Yucatan to Baja California, Acapulco to the Rio Grande, and especially in booming, industrial Monterrey - fervently believe that the 115-pound impoverished son
of a Monterrey factory worker will perhaps even one day be greater than Babe Ruth.

As a hitter, he has never batted less than .500 in any league in which he has competed and leads his league consistently in home runs, runs scored, runs batted in and hits, and he is a constant base stealing threat.

He is a switch-hitter, batting form either the right or left side, and thus is switch-pitcher, switch-fielder and switch-hitter combined.

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Found on Newspapers.com
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Angel Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series


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Ulysses Greene - Indianapolis Clowns

Switch Pitcher Ulysses Greene

Lebanon Daily News, 26 May 1959

Switch Pitcher - Not since the days of Satchel Paige has a pitcher so captivated the fancy of baseball fans as ambidextrous Ulysses Grant Greene, youthful Indianapolis Clowns' latest find, who will be seen on the mound for the world colored champions.

Greene is a baseball rarity, pitching form the right-side to righty hitters, and from the left-side to left-handed swingers. Scouts are puzzled figuring which arm he throws best with.

Read more


Found on Newspapers.com
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Marlon (Lefty) Majher

16 year-old High School Switch Pitcher in 1954


Schoolboy Switch Pitcher Got His Start With Maimed Hand

By Charles F. Stafford | 3 Jun 1954

Huntington, West VA - Marlon (Lefty) Majher of the Huntington High baseball team, is a righty too. He pitches with either hand and does well with both.

It's a wonder Lefty throws at all.

When Majher was born 16 years ago, his right hand was bent parallel to his wrist. To straighten the hand, doctors broke every bone in the hand and reset them.

The operation stunted the growth of the youngster's hand. It is considerable smaller than his left.

When he first took an interest in baseball, Lefty figured it would strengthen his right hand if he learned to throw from starboard as well as portside. His determination paid off.

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Found on Newspapers.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tim Lincecum - Developing a Phenom Pitcher

Tim Lincecum Stories: A Star In the Making



KOMO 4's Eric Johnson follows a local phenom pitcher from his University of Washington days, a brief stay in the minors all the way to his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants. He and his dad Chris have a very special relationship that has helped Tim become one of the best pitchers in the majors.

Tim Lincecum's story serves as an inspiration to many young ball players.

Lincecum has won 2 Cy Young awards - plus he helped the SF Giants win the World Series – 3 times. 




The dedication of Chris in developing his son Tim Lincecum into a dominant college pitcher reminds me of the process of  developing a Switch Pitcher ..


Ambidextrous pitchers are developed over many years of training and practice. Lots of extra practice and dedication is required to become a skilled switch pitcher. 

Parents nurture their child's development - often playing catch, serving as catchers, and giving positive feedback. 

Dads videotape their sons pitching and help them to develop a feel for pitching. They encourage them to be excellent students, play multiple sports, and enjoy the process. 

Developing a switch pitcher is a long road, but well worth the effort.

Enjoy the process!

- Coach Knight, Seattle

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Is the lefty pitcher advantage real?

Yes - Just ask Jamie Moyer. The crafty lefty kept major league hitters of balance, for 25 years, by locating his fastball and deceptive changeup.
Henry Knight LHP

In youth leagues, left-handed pitchers often have the advantage over hitters since they are rare and the pitches come from a different direction and slower speed. About 1 in 10 kids can throw left-handed and only some of them are pitchers. Batters don't get many chances to face lefties in games, so they seem to have trouble hitting off them.

Some people think that left-handed pitches have more movement than right-handed throws. Certainly the spin and angle of the lefty pitch could fool many right-handed batters.


Here are a few notes on what gives the LHP an advantage:


Lefty 2-seam fastball runs away from the batter

After watching a lot of college pitchers, I noticed that left handers often throw a 2-seam fastball down and away to right-handed batters. A good 2-seamer moves away from the righty hitters.


Lefty Changeup throws off a hitters timing



A changeup thrown with fastball arm motion by a lefty to the outside of the plate can really disrupt the timing of the batter. On release the pitch looks like a fastball, but comes in 8-10 mph slower. The hitter swings fast and early – thinking the pitch is a fastball. When they swing and miss, they become very frustrated – sometimes slamming their bat on the ground. A good changeup gives the lefty pitcher a big advantage since they start to get into the hitters head and throw of the hitters timing.


Throwing high fastballs inside

Left-handed batters struggle to hit the high inside fastball throw by a LHP.


It's all in their head

I think that hitters might perceive more movement facing a lefty pitcher (in LL), since they are more used to the righty pitcher. Coaches also tell players that lefty pitches have more movement, so that's what the hitter thinks.

The arm angle and release point of a left-handed thrower might also fool a hitter at the plate.

Hitters guess where a ball will be over the plate and often they have trouble guessing the location of the left-handed pitch, since they usually hit against right-handers (80 to 90% of the time).


Lower Velocity throws off timing 

Left handers generally throw fastballs 3-5 mph slower than right handers in high school. Batters have trouble making the adjustment to wait on the slower pitches that have movement - especially on the outside. Many hitters tend to swing slower against lefties or try to check their swing. Therefore, left-handed pitchers tend to miss the barrel of the bat which results in weak grounders, popups or swinging strikes.


The switch pitcher ...

Henry Knight, my son, has been switch pitching in high school for 3 years and his stats are better throwing left-handed - even though he is a natural right hander. Henry makes hitters look silly when he pitches lefty - using a 2-seam fastball and changeup - like Jamie Moyer.


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Learn More:

At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings - NPR



The increased movement of a left handed pitcher’s fastball is a product of their intent and focus to throw the ball down and away from right handed hitters, plain and simple!


Why Left Handed Pitching is so Valuable - Insidepitching


When it comes to pitching, left-handers get extra benefits - USA Today

Lefties who pitch inside to righties - Beyond the Box Score

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How many lefty pitchers?

In the general public, about 10 percent of people are left-handed. In Major League Baseball, about 25 percent of players are lefties

Left-handed pitchers are more common at the higher levels...


Little League: about 10 - 20% of pitchers are left-handed (varies with the league). 


College recruits: about 70% are RHP, and 30% are LHP.


Pro pitchers: about 66% are right-handed and 33% are left-handed.


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Baseball Podcasts

Brian Cain Peak Performance Podcast  - Developing the Mental Game


Stealing Home - Hosted by David Temple, The Hardball Times

Top Coach Podcast - Hosted by Jack Warren

Best Baseball Podcasts - via PlayerFM


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Traits of Ambidextrous Pitchers


What are the common traits of Ambidextrous Pitchers?

- most switch pitchers are NOT naturally ambidextrous
- can only write with one hand
- start throwing with both arms in Little League

- throw harder with their dominant hand
- play two or more positions
- ability to switch hit

- play multiple sports (football, basketball)
- good teammate
- team captain

- hard worker
- positive attitude
- student of the game

- excellent student
- get recruited to play college baseball
- plan to graduate from college

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Marcus Stroman - Height


How tall is MLB pitcher Marcus Stroman?

5' 8"


Although he is listed as five-foot-nine, Stroman wanted to make clear how tall he actually stands. 

Marcus Stroman was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round 
(22nd pick) of the 2012 amateur draft after pitching for Duke University.


What is Stroman's velocity?
 In 2014, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), also mixing in a Sinker(93mph), Cutter (91mph), Curve (83mph), Change (86mph) and Slider (88mph). 
source: Brooks Baseball


Marcus Stroman, the mythbusting machine – The Hardball Times



What's up with all the 5'9" college players?

I noticed that a lot of short college players are listed at 5'9", when they are actually much shorter. It seems that they grow a couple of inches when added to the roster.


( Throws the same 6 pitches as Marcus Stroman - with both arms)


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dean Bernaldez - LL switch pitcher

I was checking out pitching videos on YouTube and found this 11-year-old Little League pitcher throwing both ways.



Dean Bernaldez - 11 yr old Switch Pitcher

Blue Oak Elementary, Cameron Park, California

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What year did the switch pitcher rule change?

Way back in 2008 ...


Venditte's versatility prompts new rule

By Benjamin Hill / Special to MLB.com
It is a rare instance, indeed, when a first-year professional ballplayer inspires the creation of a new rule. But ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte has done just that.

Venditte, the 20th-round pick of the New York Yankees in this June's Draft, received national attention after making his debut with the Staten Island Yankees June 19. With two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth inning, switch-hitter Ralph Henriquez came to the plate representing the Brooklyn Cyclones' last hope. What resulted was a moment of high comedy: Henriquez entered the batters box batting right-handed, so Venditte switched his glove to his left hand. Henriquez then decided to bat lefty, so Venditte switched his glove back to his right.
And on and on it went. After a prolonged delay, Henriquez was ordered to bat right-handed. He then struck out on four pitches to end the ballgame.
In order to avoid such incidents in the future, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) released its official rules for dealing with ambidextrous pitchers on Wednesday. These guidelines were reached after PBUC staff consulted with a variety of sources, including the Major League Baseball Rules Committee.


Venditte's versatility prompts new rule | MLB.com


Ambidextrous Venditte creates a stir
Switch-pitcher causes commotion in Minor League game



Switch Hitter VS Switch Pitcher - YouTube
June 19, 2008 Staten Island Yankees @ Brooklyn Cyclones botton 9th reliever Pat Venditte closes out the ball game. 

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte faces a switch hitter who kept switching sides of the plate (R-L-R-L) - after the  pitcher changed arms to get the advantage - thus producing a very long delay by the umpires before a decision was made regarding the rule. 

"Now this might create a rule. This very situation might create a change in the rule book" - said the announcer.



New Pitching Rules for Ambidextrous Pitchers >>

Information on the Pat Venditte Rule

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Pitcher's Excercise - Around The World using a shoulder tube



AZ Baseball Ranch's Josh McAlister demonstrates the proper way to do the "Around The World" exercise, using a shoulder tube.



Pitching Exercises -The Blue-Collar Arm Care Routine

- make your own shoulder tube for $3

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Developing a Championship Culture - Podcast

Eric Davis – a successful coach and athletic director from Washington state – talked with Brian Cain about setting goals and developing a championship culture in high school.

Be in the present moment .. concentrate on every play .. set small goals .. re-evaluate and keep improving.

Control what you can control. 



In this podcast, Davis discusses what it takes to successfully lead a high school athletic department and give your coaches and athletes the best chance for success.


Falcon Culture

F - Family - how to act and react
A - Attitude - have a great attitude, be positive
L - Leadership - step up and be a leader; hold teammates accountable
C - Competitive -  compete in the appropriate way; focus on the process
O - One play, one pitch at a time; be in the present moment
N - No excuses - be accountable; don't blame the officials

Hanford Falcons @HanfordFalcons


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Alex Trautner - Creighton's ambidextrous pitcher

Alexander Trautner 
San Ramon Valley High School (Class of 2014)
Danville, California

College: Creighton University Bluejays (Class of 2018)

Collegiate Summer Team: Neptune Beach Pearl, Alameda, CA

Positions: LHP/RHP, First Base, Catcher
Height/Weight: 6'3" 210 lbs
Bats: Right
Throws: Both, switch pitcher
Velocity / Pitches:
RHP = 87 mph FB, curveball, and change-up.
LHP = 83 mph FB, curveball, and change-up.





A 6'3" switch pitcher from Northern California, Alexander Trautner throws a fastball, curveball and change-up from either side. Right-handed he reaches 87 mph and left-handed he touches 83 mph. 


Switch Pitcher Alex Trautner Chooses Creighton

Alex Trautner is one of two ambidextrous pitchers currently in a D1 baseball program. Aubrey McCarty is the other switch pitcher, who plays for Vanderbilt University – the 2014 College World Series champions. 

Switch Pitcher U
The Creighton Bluejays featured switch pitcher Pat Venditte, who was drafted twice by the NY Yankees and now is pitching in the minors for the Oakland Athletics. 

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