They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
-James Earl Jones "Field of Dreams"
and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road
-Bob Dylan "Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Could go either way on this one
According to the New York Times: "A switch-pitcher facing a switch-hitter could make a fine Abbott and Costello routine. Against Nebraska last year, a switch-hitter came to the plate right-handed, prompting Venditte to switch to his right arm, which caused the batter to move to the left-hand batter’s box, with Venditte switching his arm again. Umpires ultimately restored order, applying the rule (the same as that in the majors) that a pitcher must declare which arm he will use before throwing his first pitch and cannot change before the at-bat ends."
There has never been a switch-pitcher in the modern era of Major League Baseball, although in 1995, Greg Harris of the Montreal Expos did pitch one inning in this fashion, in what was considered a stunt. MLB scouts are reportedly looking at Venditte as a possible late round draft choice.