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 Post subject: Switch-pitcher
PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:30 am 
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Wouldn't it be cool if this guy made it to the Majors?

Wikipedia has a list of six other ambidextrous pitchers.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:38 am 
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I remember there was a big debate 15 or so years ago about letting journeyman reliever Greg Harris, who was considered to have major-league-quality right and left arms, to pitch from both sides in the same game/inning.

From BaseballLibrary.com:

Harris' unusual ability to pitch with both hands led to some tension between him and the Red Sox, who forbade the ambidextrous hurler from throwing lefty. GM Lou Gorman insisted it would "make a mockery" of the game, leading Harris to grumble, "Boston is so conservative. People are afraid to try anything." In a muted show of defiance, Harris usually chose to wear an ambidextrous glove on the mound.

But just before his retirement, while pitching for the Expos in 1995, the veteran hurler finally became the only twentieth-century pitcher to throw from both sides of the mound. After Harris (pitching righty) retired Reggie Sanders to start off the ninth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds on September 28, 1995, he turned around to face the left-handed Hal Morris.

Harris issued a free pass, thus becoming the first ambidextrous major-league pitcher since Elton "Ice Box" Chamberlain of the American Association in 1888. Nerve-wracked, he stayed a southpaw and induced a ground-out from Eddie Taubensee, closing out the inning by retiring Bret Boone as a righty. The last pitcher to use both hands in a pro game had been Bert Campaneris, who did so in 1962 while playing for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League.


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I hate the NYT headline, for some reason.


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