Congrats to Pat Venditte on his first big league win!
V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB
'Probably the best moment of his career,' A's manager Melvin says
PHOENIX -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte picked up his first Major League victory Sunday afternoon in Arizona, returning from a scoreless, two-inning outing to a beer shower that was "cold, but well worth it," he said, smiling, after the A's 7-4, 11-inning win. Read more
The best way to break in a baseball glove is to play catch daily. Throwing and catching is more fun than pounding a glove and it will help to improve your skills.
New gloves have enough conditioner or oil, so there is no need to add any more.
Avoid all the quick ways that are used to speed up breaking in a glove – soaking in water, baking in oven, or microwaving – it will make the leather dry out and reduce the life of the glove. Some people like to pound the pocket with a special mallet, but this is often already done by the manufacturer.
For breaking in an ambidextrous glove, I suggest alternating throwing arms every other day. Throw right-handed one day, then throw left-handed the next.
Have fun playing catch!
Extending Glove Life
Henry Knight used the same Akadema Ambidextrous glove for four years of high school. He practiced with separate right- or left-handed gloves, then used the ambidextrous glove for bullpens and games.
The gloves were stored in a cool dry place, with a couple of baseballs in the webbing to maintain the shape. Make sure the glove is cleaned off after use.
Breaking in a Glove - tips • Excessive glove conditioner/oil will damage and shorten the life of a new glove. • Store your glove in a dry place with a ball in the pocket to maintain shape. • Play catch daily until the glove is ready for game play.
Positions: 2B, OF, LHP Bats: Left Throws: Both Velocity: FB 85 mph in 2014
Carlos Cortez bats left-handed and can throw with both hands, according to Perfect Game USA. At 5'8 and 185 lbs, he's a quick fielder who mainly plays 2B (righty) plus a little OF (lefty). He said that he did not pitch in high school this past year, but has the ability to throw with both arms. His fastball touched 85 mph. He looks like a good second baseman in a skills video, and I think that's the position he projects at the next level. "Can flat out rake. Big power and ball jumps off his barrel" - Perfect Game USA
Cortes played center field this spring, but considers himself more of a second baseman, and that is where he will likely play at the next level. He is committed to South Carolina, which he said impressed him with the quality of its facilities. Watch the skills video of Cortes playing RF lefty, 2B righty and pitching lefty. South Carolina Gamecocks baseball commit Carlos Cortes
Chandler Sulcer playing OF lefty source: chattanoogan.com
Positions: BHP, OF, 1B
6-0, 170 lbs.
Blackman | Graduates in 2016
Murfreesboro, TN USA
Velocity: 77 MPH (2014) (source: Perfect Game USA)
Chandler Sulcer looks like a natural lefty - hitting and throwing left-handed. He is listed as a BHP in the Perfect Game USA profile, but I could not find a photo of him throwing right-handed. Videos on BeRecuited show Sulcer pitching left-handed only.
Note: Some left-handers can also throw right-handed so they could play shortstop or catcher, but they rarely pitch right-handed.