Ambidextrous pitcher's pro debut brings game to standstill
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Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte in his professional debut last night
Baseball has thousands of rules developed over its history to solve most any dilemma, but when a switch-hitter came to the plate to face a switch-pitcher in a minor league contest last night, the game came to a standstill.
In his professional debut, Pat Venditte of the Staten Island Yankees – a natural right-hander whose father taught him to pitch with either arm – played cat-and-mouse in the ninth inning with the Brooklyn Cyclones' Ralph Henriquez as each player tried to gain an advantage, holding up the game for seven minutes.
With a custom-made glove, Venditte switched hands each time Henriquez switched sides of the plate, seeking an edge based on the conventional baseball wisdom that left-handed batters fare better against right-handed pitchers and vice versa.
The teams eventually appealed to the umpires, who decided the batter and pitcher could both change sides one time per at-bat. They ruled the batter must declare first, favoring the pitcher, who could adjust accordingly. Venditte used his right arm to strike out Henriquez, batting right, on four pitches to end the game.