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The switch-pitcher causes a ruckus

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 20, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Well, that didn’t take long.

Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous pitcher the Yankees drafted, made his professional debut tonight for Staten Island.

He pitched the ninth inning and according to folks who e-mailed me, there was a dispute over which arm he could use for a pinch hitter.

I’ll be honest, I not exactly sure what the rule is. I think the pitcher has to stick with the same arm once an at-bat starts. I’ll try and get the umpires working the Reds-Yankees game tomorrow night to explain how the rules apply to Venditte. I’ll report back what they tell me.

How great would it be if Venditte proves good enough for the majors? If nothing else, they could trade him to the Dodgers. Now there is a reliever even Joe Torre couldn’t abuse.

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