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Video: Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte confuses switch-hitter Antoan Richardson

Blue Jays Spring Baseball

Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Marcus Stroman, right, and Pat Venditte trade gloves during the first official spring training baseball workout in Dunedin, Fla., Monday Feb. 22, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


Major League Baseball has already codified how to handle a situation in which a switch-hitter faces an ambidextrous pitcher. That happened back in 2008, when then-Yankee Pat Venditte was playing at Single-A. He and a switch-hitter went back and forth, countering each other by switching from one side to the other. The Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation created a rule where the switch-pitcher must indicate to the switch-hitter with which hand he intends to throw. The batter can then make his decision.

More ambidextrous comedy was on display Sunday during the ninth inning of Grapefruit League action between the Blue Jays and Pirates. Venditte, now a Blue Jay, faced switch-hitter Antoan Richardson. Richardson asked Venditte which hand he was using, and Venditte indicated left. Richardson, however, put on the wrong batting helmet. (A helmet for a right-handed hitter would have an ear flap to protect his left ear; wearing the wrong helmet leaves the ear exposed.)

Richard fetched his new helmet, and had a chuckle about the situation. Ostensibly joking, Venditte switched his glove from his right hand to his left hand, giving the impression that he would be throwing right-handed. Venditte then went back to throwing from the left side.

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