Chucking Both Ways

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In baseball, you generally get an advantage as a right-handed hitter when you face a left-handed pitcher. So, if you're a switch hitter, you pick which side of the batter's box to step into based on which hand the pitcher wears his glove. Simple strategy. But, what to do if both the hitter AND the pitcher can play from either side? A full-time switch pitcher hadn't faced a switch hitter in pro ball in 120 years... until this month. Pat Venditte, an ambidextrous pitcher with the Staten Island Yankees, set-off a comical chain of events in a game on June 19th when he and the batter he faced repeatedly switched sides... Right, left, right, left. The umps called time, met, and decided how the switch-off would end. We'll talk with Venditte on the show today, about the confusion of throwing from both sides, and what it's like to potentially be the first full-time switch pitcher in major leage history.

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