Friday, January 15, 2016

Switch Pitcher Facts for Dummies

Information about ambidextrous pitchers
- learn about switch pitchers from Little League to the MLB





Did you know?

   The majority of ambidextrous throwers are naturally right-handed.

   Pat Venditte is not an amphibious pitcher.


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Who's Who of Ambidextrous Pitchers

Pros
- Sidearm ambidextrous pitcher in the MLB for the Oakland Athletics
- spent seven years in the minors with the NY Yankees 
- pitched for Creighton University Bluejays
- started throwing with both arms when he was 3-years-old
- first ambidextrous pitcher to throw 90+ mph with both arms
- drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2015
- dominant switch pitcher for Judson University
- Montreal Expos RHP, threw one inning with both arms in an MLB game against the Cincinnati Reds in 1995
- Harris donated his custom Mizuno six-fingered glove to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Tony Mullane - The Count
- Mullane was baseball's first ambidextrous pitcher and a talented ballplayer who played every position in the field except catcher
- The Count won 30 games in five consecutive seasons


College
- relief switch pitcher for the Vanderbilt Commodores
- natural lefty who learned how to throw right-handed
- rodeo background caused him to use his right hand
- switch pitcher for Creighton University Bluejays (redshirt in 2015)
- played for the Neptune Beach Pearl team in college summer ball


High School
- 12:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (4 years on varsity)
- switch pitched in 11 inning game, using only 11 pitches/inning
- throws 6 pitches for strikes with each arm
- switch hitter with a .500 BA 


Little League


Angel MaciasMonterrey, Mexico
Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series. 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Ken Griffey Jr - Hall of Fame

Congrats to fan-favorite center fielder Ken Griffey Jr 
who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, Jr. with the Mariners in 2009

I had the pleasure to watch The Kid play for the Seattle Mariners during his best years of baseball. An exciting player to watch with amazing talent.



George Kenneth Griffey Jr. (Junior, The Kid or The Natural)
PositionCenterfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.


Griffey In His Prime Was The Second Coming Of Willie Mays
By NEIL PAINE
Even during his worst days, Griffey remained an All-Star-caliber player; during his best, he really was the second coming of Willie Mays.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

How to Order a Mizuno Ambidextrous Baseball Glove

Are you looking to order a Mizuno ambidextrous glove like Pat Venditte uses?

Mizuno GMP1A Ambidextrous Glove
Mizuno has a nice website where you can order a custom glove, but I could not find an ambidextrous glove listed. I know that Pat Venditte gets his switch pitching gloves made by Mizuno, so I tried to find more information online.

I filled out Mizuno's contact form and asked these questions:

How do I order a custom ambidextrous baseball glove? 
What is the total cost? 
How long does it take to deliver? 
Who is the contact person for custom gloves?


The next morning, I received this response from Mizuno:

Thank you for contacting Mizuno USA.  Mizuno USA does manufacture an ambidextrous glove. It is called the GMP1A and it is a 12" glove in the custom Mizuno Pro glove line.  To purchase the glove you will actually need to custom order it through an authorized Mizuno USA account/retailer. You will need to fill out a custom order form from a retailer and then turn it into the retailer to be processed.

The link below is to Mizuno USA's store locator page in which if you plug in your location information it will list geographically in your area all of the Mizuno USA's authorized accounts/retailers:

http://www.mizunousa.com/baseball/store-locator

We suggest calling ahead of time to ensure that the retailer does in fact process/accept custom Mizuno glove orders.

The GMP1A is not in Mizuno USA's current 2013 catalog, nor is it viewable online at www.mizunousa.com. But it does exist in the Mizuno Pro custom glove line.

Please feel free to contact us again if you have any further questions.

Best regards,

Mizuno USA 
http://www.mizunousa.com
Consumer Support Division
1-800-966-1211


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What is the cost? How long does it take?

The suggested retail price for the GMP1A is $450 and it takes 4-6 weeks to make. 


(Quoted: Feb 21, 2013)

Note: I read the price about $550 now (2015)
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Have you purchased an ambidextrous glove recently?

Please leave a comment about your experience ordering a Mizuno ambidextrous glove.


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Friday, January 1, 2016

Throw More, Pitch Less


Baseball players are strongly encouraged to participate in multiple sports. This results in better athletes, who stay healthy and don't get burned out.

Players experience success by throwing more, and pitching less.

Throw hard daily!


John Smoltz Issues Warning To Parents Of Young Baseball Players

"You have time ... baseball is not a year-round sport."


I want to encourage the families and parents that are out there to understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 and 15 years old. That you have time, that baseball is not a year-round sport. That you have an opportunity to be athletic and play other sports. Don’t let the institutions that are out there running before you guaranteeing scholarship dollars and signing bonuses that this is the way. We have such great, dynamic arms in our game that it's a shame we're having one and two and three Tommy John recipients.

So I want to encourage you, if nothing else, know that your children’s passion and desire to play baseball is something that they can do without a competitive pitch. Every throw a kid makes today is a competitive pitch. They don’t go outside, they don’t have fun, they don’t throw enough — but they’re competing and maxing out too hard, too early, and that’s why we’re having these problems. So please, take care of those great future arms.

- Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz