The old switch-a-roo

One of the reasons I love baseball so much is that every time you watch a game you’re likely going to see something you’ve never seen before. Take this for example…

Ralph Henriquez is a switch hitting catcher for the Brooklyn Cyclones – the class A affiliate of the New York Mets. While switch hitting players are pretty common, what’s not so common are switch pitching pitchers like Pat Vanditte of the Staten Island Yankees. So what happens when a switch hitting batter faces a switch pitching pitcher?

Well, no one here seems to know either. 😆

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(ht: Mudpuppy)

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6 thoughts on “The old switch-a-roo

  1. Yeah, his reaction after striking out was appropriate. He should be furious at himself for swinging at that pitch. Vanditte made him look ridiculous.

    But what’s really ridiculous is that six-finger glove with two webs that Vanditte wears. How is that even legal? It looks way too big to be within regulations.

  2. before i saw this clip (like last week, geez shane you’re late w/ the news! haha) i don’t know if i’d ever seen a switch pitching pitcher! i think i could switch hit…not well, but could at least attempt it. but pitch w/ my left hand?!?! that’s talent!

  3. I used to toy with the idea of training Josiah to switch pitch, but he is most definitely right handed.

    I do make him switch hit when we toss balls in the back yard from time to time. But he doesn’t like batting left nearly as much.

  4. I remember watching a dude named Greg W. Harris who pitched in the 80s and 90s in the Bigs and was ambidextrous. He had one of those weird gloves too.

    I researched it and “there is no rule in the rulebook that states that he cannot change from one batter’s box to the other in the middle of an at-bat. The only rule about switching boxes is 6.06b which says that he cannot switch boxes if the pitcher is in the ready position. Otherwise, no problem.”

    Also, when Harris pitched the NL told umps that although there was no rule on the books, whatever hand the ball is in when he toes the rubber is the one he must use for the entire at bat.

    So the batter can switch sides during the at bat, but not after the pitcher toes the rubber. After that pitch is thrown, he can stand in the other box if he so chooses. A pitcher has to use the same hand throughout the entire at bat.

    I loved watching the ump just stand the while this was all going on.

  5. I think the easiest way to settle this is to make a rule where the pitcher/hitter must declare at the start of the at-bat which way they’re going to pitch/hit.

    You’re going to favor either offense or defense in that case, but I think it’s about the best you can do in making a fair, easy-to-understand rule. If you want to skew toward offense, the pitcher must declare – and vice versa.

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