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UPDATE: Jun 5, 2015 12:40 pm PT
They also had to make room for Venditte on the active 25-man roster. The team chose to option right-handed reliever Dan Otero to Triple-A Nashville to open up that spot.
Venditte may not make it to Boston on time for first pitch but the word is his parents are already in Boston for his possible big league debut. Venditte’s plane is scheduled to land a half hour prior to game time according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The 29-year-old has spent seven seasons in the minors. #HappyPatVenditteDay seems to be today’s hashtag! 🙂
Original Text: June 5, 2015 9:47 am PT
Ok, this is going to be good. REALLY GOOD. How often do you get to see a switch pitcher in baseball? Or anywhere for that matter?
It’ll be good even if he isn’t but what Oakland A’s fans have finally gotten what they have been clamoring for all over social media. The A’s have called up the ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Nashville.
Venditte spent seven seasons in the New York Yankees farm system prior to signing on as a Minor League free agent with the Athletics. He was offered a big league invitation to spring training by the A’s but did not make the 40-man roster, meaning that the A’s will have to make a corresponding move before Venditte’s promotion is official.
What has been confirmed is the promotion, although there has not yet been mention of what move the A’s will make.
Can confirm through a source that switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has been called up and will join the A’s in Boston tonight.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) June 5, 2015
There are options such as moving ailing center fielder Coco Crisp to the 60-day disabled list. A demotion for reliever Dan Otero is a possibility, are designating either Fernando Abad or Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.
What the A’s will do is pure speculation at this point. What is known is that Venditte is on his way to join the A’s in the clubhouse in Boston as the A’s prepare to start a three-game series against the Red Sox Friday at Fenway.
Watching Venditte is fascinating. After seeing him pitch from both sides during spring training this year it was honestly perplexing. How in the world can he pitch and not only pitch, but do so effectively with both arms? He throws a fastball and a change-up with both arms?
Venditte has a special six fingered glove which allows him to pitch from both sides without having to change gloves while on the mound.
A new rule was created in baseball specifically for Venditte, and those that may come after him, back in 2008 when Venditte made his debut.
According to an article on MLB.com the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) released its official rules for dealing with ambidextrous pitchers back when they were first introduced to Venditte.
These rules were reached after PBUC staff conferred with a number of sources, including the Major League Baseball Rules Committee.
“The pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter. Engaging the rubber with the glove on a particular hand is considered a definitive commitment to which arm he will throw with. The batter will then choose which side of the plate he will bat from.”
These are the “Venditte Guidelines” continue as outlined on MLB.com,
• The pitcher must throw one pitch to the batter before any “switch” by either player is allowed.
• After one pitch is thrown, the pitcher and batter may each change positions one time per at-bat. For example, if the pitcher changes from right-handed to left-handed and the batter then changes batter’s boxes, each player must remain that way for the duration of that at-bat (unless the offensive team substitutes a pinch hitter, and then each player may again “switch” one time).
• Any switch (by either the pitcher or the batter) must be clearly indicated to the umpire.
• There will be no warm-up pitches during the change of arms.
• If an injury occurs the pitcher may change arms but not use that arm again during the remainder of the game.
This is going to be a very exciting day in baseball, if Venditte is needed to come in to relieve starting pitcher Scott Kazmir. This is a definite possibility as the Athletics might not want to let Kazmir, who was removed early fro m his last start due to shoulder soreness, throw too many pitches in his first time back on the mound.
Now we just have to wait and see what corresponding move the Athletics make. Check back here on BBST for all the details once the move has been made!!