Switch Pitcher Faces Switch Batter

A strange loop occurred yesterday in Dunedin when switch pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays Pat Venditte faced switch hitter Antoan Richardson of the Pittsburgh. Reports are that the at-bat is still going on as the two sides cannot decide which side they want to pitch and bat from. Okay, you want to pitch left? I will bat right. You want to pitch right? I will bat left. Repeat.

Here’s live footage of the at-bat, still in progress:


Actually, a rule exists to prevent that from occurring–the so-called Venditte rule, but it would be entertaining if they could do this all day. I am easily amused. Just give me a beer.

According to Cosman, this is how it went down:

“Venditte began the inning pitching right-handed, and then switched to left when Richardson came up to bat. So, while initially planning to bat left-handed, Richardson swapped sides of the plate, and thus batting helmets. And then Venditte began to switch hands again, and Richardson followed suit.”

Supposedly, home plate umpire Bob Davidson did encourage Venditte to continue changing sides.



9 thoughts on “Switch Pitcher Faces Switch Batter

  1. I feel like this rule is backwards. Switch hitting is much easier than pitching with either hand, plus the batter gets in the box and THEN the pitcher throws the ball.

    It seems somewhat obvious that the batter should pick a side and then the pitcher should pitch.

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    1. Speculation: it may be an extension of the same procedure where you can bring in a pitcher to face a specific batter and then the other manager can bring in a pinch hitter. You’re not allowed to then bring in another pitcher.

      In a sport where failing at the plate 7 times out of 10 is considered average, maybe you don’t want to give the pitcher more of an advantage than he already has.

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        1. Sure but it’s irrelevant in terms of results. The fact of that matter is pitchers get outs on average more frequently than hitters get on base.

          Besides, I haven’t seen you complain that managers bringing in the substitute pitcher should have the final opportunity rather than the manager bringing in the pinch hitter.


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