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I thought this was rather amusing, and remembered hearing about this guy earlier in the year....

The Yankees drafted a guy, Pat Venditte, that made his debut for the class A Staten Island Yankees yesterday (nypost.com). The novelty is that he throws both left-handed and right-handed.

Hilarity ensued.
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(edited by Lexus on 20.6.08 1345)


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I think I've been hearing about that guy since he was a teenager. Pretty amazing.

Amusing that they had to modify the rules because of him. The article says he's naturally right-handed, so it seems likely that maybe he's a little weaker from the left side.

EDIT: Deadspin has video.
http://deadspin.com/5018343/you-gonna-bat-left-im-gonna-throw-left-right-hey-we-can-do-this-all-day-pal
It looks like maybe they agreed that the batter would hit right handed and the pitcher would throw right-handed. Seems a fair compromise.

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It's been done. The Padres had a pitcher by the name of Greg A. Harris who threw both left and right-handed in 1995 while playing for the Montreal Expos.

Wikipedia on Greg A. Harris (en.wikipedia.org)



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The rules are that both the batter and the pitcher can switch sides once per at-bat. The umpire in this case made the ruling that the batter had to declare his intention first. While the rule that both can switch sides once is correct, and in the rulebook, the decision that the batter must declare first was an interpretation, and the NY-Penn League is trying to get an official ruling from Major League Baseball on how that situation should be handled.



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As per an MLB umpire (yankees.lhblogs.com)...

    Originally posted by the Lohud Yankees blog
    "The only rule is what when a pitcher is on the rubber, a batter cannot change boxes,” [MLB Crew Chief Charlie] Reliford said. “But there is no penalty for switching, you just tell him he can’t do it.”

    The MLB Rules Committee (which meets infequently) will have to address the situation and decide what Venditte can and can’t do. Reliford believes that ultimately Venditte would have to stick with one arm once an at-bat starts. But what if the batter switches sides during the at-bat. “Good question,” he said. “That’s something that will have to be decided.”

    Reliford said that each minor league uses the Major League rules but can modify them as needed. “That’s what the kid’s league will have to do now,” he said. “It’s a very interesting thing.”
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This whole situation reminds me of the movie the Princess Bride.

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    Originally posted by mountinman44
    It's been done. The Padres had a pitcher by the name of Greg A. Harris who threw both left and right-handed in 1995 while playing for the Montreal Expos.

    Wikipedia on Greg A. Harris (en.wikipedia.org)


He pitched both left- and right-handed AND played for two teams simultaneously? Now that is amazing.
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