A switch-pitcher faced a switch-hitter and chaos ensued | Weird Rules


Comments • 956

  • Cagon415
    Cagon415  4 days back

    That's fair. The pitcher already has an advantage by knowing what the pitch is going to be. The batter doesn't. So, the batter should have the final pick.

    • Javier Macias
      Javier Macias  4 days back

      This happened to me in little league

      • Philip Mattich
        Philip Mattich  5 days back

        A lot of major league position players practice throwing both hands. It benefits full body and mind control.

        • Khaled Khlifi
          Khaled Khlifi  5 days back

          Maria Sharapova: Lefty who plays righty professionally. Rafa Nadal: Righty who plays lefty professionally.

          • D in Colorado
            D in Colorado  1 weeks back

            In high school, we had a guy on our team who was born right handed. But his dad spent his whole life to that point teaching him to throw with his left hand. Because there's always a greater need for left handed pitchers. But he was way better with his natural right hand than the trained left. We all felt bad for him.

            • SuperSteve
              SuperSteve  1 weeks back

              I would need a long response to explain all the misconceptions I run into as someone ambidextrous, but the biggest one is that I have an advantage which is sometimes but often the opposite. This is demonstrated by the existence of so few ambidextrous players in the MLB. I agree that a rule needs to be established for cases like this but feel ambidexterity should be more encouraged like in skateboarding because it adds more diversity, skill and strategy to the game. A time window rule such as a shot clock would be a more fair way to resolve a scenario such as this.

              • Shaun H
                Shaun H  1 weeks back

                I'm ambidextrous. It's not merely the ability to *use* both hands or sides of the body equally. It's the ability to learn in one hand and easily transfer to the other with no minimal transition errors.

                Whereas the average human has to train their mind to use one hand and their mind has extreme difficulty using the other because they would have to relearn the physical processes independently to be able to use the other hand.

                In other words, for a truly ambidextrous person switching hands or legs mid use is very common and doesn't require thinking about it as the brain works both sides without having to relearn the procedures. A non ambidextrous person could train to use a non dominant side for a dominant task but has to make a conscious effort to do so.

                Other side effects is that a dominant sided person tends to have weaker structure supporting dominant actions on non dominant sides. Like a left hand thrower would have an extremely week throw using the non dominant hand even with training. Ambidextrous tend to already use both sides pretty equally as an afterthought and the "muscle memory" is fairly equal.

                Anyway, when I switch hands with writing or scissors or hand saws or welding torches, whatever...I usually don't even notice unless someone is watching me and actively points out me switching hands. I just do what is easiest to get the task I'm doing done.

                I've always thought it was weird that people would be limited to one hand. Especially when in school they forced me to write with my right hand because they thought ambidextrous ability was a defect.

                Still remember my first t-ball coach looking like a fool when he saw me write right handed and then throw and catch left handed and bat whichever box was closest to me when I went up to the plate. In the end he told me pick a hand. I never knew the significance until I was in junior high or high school. Then I found out not everyone could switch hit. Lol

                • Mykowser
                  Mykowser  1 weeks back

                  Almost as weird as that gay ass sweater

                  • Eduardo Rodriguez
                    Eduardo Rodriguez  2 weeks back

                    I can't stop watching this show. I don't even watch sports avidly.

                    • chris zag
                      chris zag  2 weeks back

                      the guy on the left's mum dresses him funny

                      • Anthony Vitte a.k.a. Vision Warrior 777

                        Love this! Outside the box on a new level here for sure! ;)

                        • Thomas Conrow
                          Thomas Conrow  3 weeks back

                          You can't train to be a professional switch pitcher.

                          • guitaristxcore
                            guitaristxcore  3 weeks back

                            Being ambidextrous is something you can learn. Guitarists do this a lot. Lefty guitarists often have to learn to play right handed because there are so few left handed options.

                            • Jesse Mora
                              Jesse Mora  4 weeks back

                              is there a rule that forbids a football player from using both hands when playing quarterback in the NFL?

                              • Jesse Mora
                                Jesse Mora  4 weeks back

                                Is there a rule that allows the commissioner to keep the game tied at 7-7 like the 2002 all star game?

                                • J Phillips
                                  J Phillips  4 weeks back

                                  Nice cardigan dude

                                  • Tiger58
                                    Tiger58  1 months back

                                    You can't train to be good enough at your non dominant hand pitching to play in the MLB with it. Otherwise someone would've done it. Hitting is more manageable, though.

                                    • Steef Pip
                                      Steef Pip  1 months back

                                      Pablo Sandoval was left handed and taught himself how to throw right handed so he could catch. The reason he moved to third was named Buster Posey, so learning to throw right handed worked out well for him 3 rings later.

                                      • Pat Mcgowan
                                        Pat Mcgowan  1 months back

                                        Down 5 with 2 outs that can easily be done

                                        • seriomarkj
                                          seriomarkj  1 months back

                                          ...I mean I think u can train to be ambidextrous, see any soccer player who can kick with both feet

                                          • Jyles Hambleton
                                            Jyles Hambleton  1 months back

                                            I play hockey with my left hand and I'm right handed and I can use both

                                            • Sean Crosby
                                              Sean Crosby  1 months back

                                              Best part is you can still pitch with your other hand if you need tjs

                                              • Chongo Ok
                                                Chongo Ok  1 months back

                                                Just make them choose at the same time

                                                • Cam Croney
                                                  Cam Croney  1 months back

                                                  if you could train that there would 50+ in the majors just to mess with lineups

                                                  • Caleb Melia
                                                    Caleb Melia  1 months back

                                                    Batter should choose first

                                                    • Scooty Puff Sr
                                                      Scooty Puff Sr  1 months back

                                                      How about the batter and pitcher Rock Paper Scissors who gets to choose last. Lol. Or flip a coin.

                                                      • LudaChez
                                                        LudaChez  2 months back

                                                        Billy Wagner taught himself to throw lefty by throwing a ball against a barn for a very long time. He was born right handed....and broke his arm or something.

                                                        • TheVisigoth
                                                          TheVisigoth  2 months back

                                                          SB Nation: We hate baseball because we're more millenial nerds than actual sports fans.

                                                          • victoriaramonah
                                                            victoriaramonah  2 months back

                                                            Rafael Nadal

                                                            • Ken DeLuca
                                                              Ken DeLuca  2 months back

                                                              Freakonomics film editing ripoff

                                                              • Jaleidoscope
                                                                Jaleidoscope  2 months back

                                                                The rule defeats Pat vendittes best ability imagine batting against a righty then a lefty strikes you out on the next pitch.

                                                                • Nickster_28
                                                                  Nickster_28  2 months back

                                                                  I agree with Will. You can train yourself to use both hands. I was born left handed so naturally I wrote with my left hand as a kid. However, I wrote too sloppy so I trained myself to write right handed. I am still left hand dominant though.

                                                                  • illusioNery
                                                                    illusioNery  2 months back

                                                                    A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate....ROGER!!

                                                                    • Jeffrey Tam
                                                                      Jeffrey Tam  2 months back

                                                                      Eyyy shout out to Pat! He played for the Jays for a while

                                                                      • FRANCISCO LOKS
                                                                        FRANCISCO LOKS  2 months back

                                                                        Angel macias was a switch pitcher, pitch the only perfect game in the LLWS championship

                                                                        • Daily Doser
                                                                          Daily Doser  2 months back

                                                                          God. Damn. It.
                                                                          I thought I had a cool piece of trivia to drop. You beat me to it. Kudos.

                                                                          I actually have Danny almonte, and his whole teams autograph on the back of my LLWS ticket from 2001 when they were there. George Bush threw out the first pitch of the championship.

                                                                          Sorry about the rambling, I'm still a little hurt about sum1 beating me to that stat.

                                                                      • Michael Kish
                                                                        Michael Kish  2 months back

                                                                        This is dumb. There's a ton of switch hitters. A switch pitcher is a unicorn. Give the unicorn the solid and make the batter declare first.

                                                                        • DieNetaDie
                                                                          DieNetaDie  2 months back

                                                                          You can train/work hard to be ambidextrous.

                                                                          • Matt Omahan
                                                                            Matt Omahan  3 months back

                                                                            im ambidextrous and was never a pitcher. i would have tried so hard if i was an ambi pitcher and had a chance at being even minor league level

                                                                            • H-Account
                                                                              H-Account  3 months back

                                                                              He did not born ambidextrous, his father teach him how to pick left handed

                                                                              • Ral Ph
                                                                                Ral Ph  3 months back

                                                                                Piano players use both hands.
                                                                                I'm right handed and play at a guitar. I use my left hand.
                                                                                People can train to use their less dominate hand

                                                                                • L0rd 0f Peen
                                                                                  L0rd 0f Peen  3 months back

                                                                                  He was born right handed but learned to pitch with his left hand.

                                                                                  • Natalie Humphries
                                                                                    Natalie Humphries  3 months back

                                                                                    Let me tell you, being ambidextrous in sport is weird but useful
                                                                                    From my experience, you usually have a stronger side because its hard to constantly train both sides equally
                                                                                    It does give you an advantage though!

                                                                                    • Shanka DaWanka
                                                                                      Shanka DaWanka  3 months back

                                                                                      They couldn't just draw lots so people wouldn't debate this? A lot of important events were decided by drawing lots.

                                                                                      • Spiders Galore
                                                                                        Spiders Galore  3 months back

                                                                                        I play basketball as a lefty, struggled with off hand layups so I practiced. Now I can easily do both left and right hand layups and advanced layups.

                                                                                        • danerific46
                                                                                          danerific46  4 months back

                                                                                          This is why rock paper scissors is a very helpful thing

                                                                                          • Rick Heli
                                                                                            Rick Heli  4 months back

                                                                                            assume someone made him an ambidextrous glove?

                                                                                            • Zachary Wynn
                                                                                              Zachary Wynn  4 months back

                                                                                              Faced him in high school one of the strangest things I’d ever seen.

                                                                                              • FBIAgent01
                                                                                                FBIAgent01  4 months back

                                                                                                The thumbnail lol
                                                                                                "Just pick a hand so we can go home."