A switch-pitcher faced a switch-hitter and chaos ensued | Weird Rules

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  • Published on Jan 10, 2019
  • Baseball games are already long, so why not just take all the time needed to sort out a rule when there's one-out left in a blowout victory? That's exactly what the umpire did when Pat Venditte, an ambidextrous pitcher, faced off against a switch-hitter, and no one knew what to do. The result was a 6-minute standoff as each player attempted to get the upper hand (pun intended). This led the MLB to immediately amend their rulebook, guaranteeing to keep play moving the next time this comes up. And as a result, baseball is the quickest sport in the world.
    Written and produced by Ryan Simmons and Will Buikema
    Shot by Mike Imhoff
    Edited by Jiazhen Zhang
    Animations and graphics by Phil Pasternak
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  • Chigozie Ilozue
    Chigozie Ilozue Day ago

    Just make them choose at the same time

  • Cam Croney
    Cam Croney 4 days ago

    if you could train that there would 50+ in the majors just to mess with lineups

  • Caleb Melia
    Caleb Melia 5 days ago

    Batter should choose first

  • Scooty Puff Sr
    Scooty Puff Sr 7 days ago

    How about the batter and pitcher Rock Paper Scissors who gets to choose last. Lol. Or flip a coin.

  • LudaChez
    LudaChez 11 days ago

    Billy Wagner taught himself to throw lefty by throwing a ball against a barn for a very long time. He was born right handed....and broke his arm or something.

  • TheVisigoth
    TheVisigoth 11 days ago

    SB Nation: We hate baseball because we're more millenial nerds than actual sports fans.

  • victoriaramonah
    victoriaramonah 14 days ago

    Rafael Nadal

  • Ken DeLuca
    Ken DeLuca 14 days ago

    Freakonomics film editing ripoff

  • Jaleidoscope
    Jaleidoscope 27 days ago

    The rule defeats Pat vendittes best ability imagine batting against a righty then a lefty strikes you out on the next pitch.

  • Nickster_28
    Nickster_28 28 days ago

    I agree with Will. You can train yourself to use both hands. I was born left handed so naturally I wrote with my left hand as a kid. However, I wrote too sloppy so I trained myself to write right handed. I am still left hand dominant though.

  • illusioNery
    illusioNery 28 days ago

    A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate....ROGER!!

  • Jeffrey Tam
    Jeffrey Tam Month ago

    Eyyy shout out to Pat! He played for the Jays for a while

  • FRANCISCO LOKS
    FRANCISCO LOKS Month ago

    Angel macias was a switch pitcher, pitch the only perfect game in the LLWS championship

    • Ben Donaghy
      Ben Donaghy Month ago +1

      God. Damn. It.
      I thought I had a cool piece of trivia to drop. You beat me to it. Kudos.
      I actually have Danny almonte, and his whole teams autograph on the back of my LLWS ticket from 2001 when they were there. George Bush threw out the first pitch of the championship.
      Sorry about the rambling, I'm still a little hurt about sum1 beating me to that stat.

  • Michael Kish
    Michael Kish Month ago

    This is dumb. There's a ton of switch hitters. A switch pitcher is a unicorn. Give the unicorn the solid and make the batter declare first.

  • DieNetaDie
    DieNetaDie Month ago

    You can train/work hard to be ambidextrous.

  • Matt Omahan
    Matt Omahan Month ago

    im ambidextrous and was never a pitcher. i would have tried so hard if i was an ambi pitcher and had a chance at being even minor league level

  • H-Account
    H-Account Month ago

    He did not born ambidextrous, his father teach him how to pick left handed

  • Ral Ph
    Ral Ph Month ago

    Piano players use both hands.
    I'm right handed and play at a guitar. I use my left hand.
    People can train to use their less dominate hand

  • L0rd 0f Peen
    L0rd 0f Peen 2 months ago

    He was born right handed but learned to pitch with his left hand.

  • Natalie Humphries
    Natalie Humphries 2 months ago

    Let me tell you, being ambidextrous in sport is weird but useful
    From my experience, you usually have a stronger side because its hard to constantly train both sides equally
    It does give you an advantage though!

  • Shanka DaWanka
    Shanka DaWanka 2 months ago +2

    They couldn't just draw lots so people wouldn't debate this? A lot of important events were decided by drawing lots.

  • Spiders Galore
    Spiders Galore 2 months ago +1

    I play basketball as a lefty, struggled with off hand layups so I practiced. Now I can easily do both left and right hand layups and advanced layups.

  • danerific46
    danerific46 2 months ago

    This is why rock paper scissors is a very helpful thing

  • Rick Heli
    Rick Heli 2 months ago

    assume someone made him an ambidextrous glove?

  • Zachary Wynn
    Zachary Wynn 2 months ago

    Faced him in high school one of the strangest things I’d ever seen.

  • FBIAgent01
    FBIAgent01 2 months ago

    The thumbnail lol
    "Just pick a hand so we can go home."

  • Me me Big weeb
    Me me Big weeb 2 months ago

    I trained myself to be ambidextrous I throw with my left and bat with my right idk if that counts that

  • Totally Addictive
    Totally Addictive 2 months ago

    as a drummer i fully agree that you can teach yourself to through with both hands ;)

  • Nathan Barnard
    Nathan Barnard 2 months ago

    Ronnie O'Sullivan (6 time snooker world champion) learned to play with his left hand uses it regularly.

  • lanceuppercut88
    lanceuppercut88 2 months ago

    You can train to be ambidextrous you dunce

  • cjr1881
    cjr1881 2 months ago

    Two dorks that have never played any sport, talking about sports. Yeah, seems like a great idea.

  • Nakul Maletira
    Nakul Maletira 2 months ago

    That last bit with the samurai batter had me rolling.

  • Michael S
    Michael S 2 months ago

    These two always look like they are on a slightly awkward first date

  • Bryce Mason
    Bryce Mason 2 months ago

    You cannot train to be perfectly ambidextrous btw...

  • Corky DeLarge
    Corky DeLarge 2 months ago

    If you start in little league you can pitch with both hands. Switch hitting is still much easier, but not everyone can be good at it.

  • bigdude crunchy fagita
    bigdude crunchy fagita 2 months ago

    The skinny dumbass sounds like a complete idiot

  • Rick Sanchez
    Rick Sanchez 2 months ago +1

    That guy is right. Few years ago i was in high school gettin some shots up when i randomly decided to master shooting with both hands. I struggled a lot at first trainin my brain to mirror my shooting mechanics from right to left. Now when im in a game i can choose which hand to shoot with depending on my body position and where my momentum is taking me. Yall have no idea how thrown off the defender was to see me shoot righty then randomly shoot lefty lol

  • amol preet singh
    amol preet singh 2 months ago

    See about switching in cricket, batters can switch mid delivery the hand they are batting from .....

  • BR BlitzBall
    BR BlitzBall 2 months ago

    Why doesn’t pat venditte pitch right handed one day then the next day pitch lefty mlb teams could cut a pitcher and save money

  • Darrin Nelson
    Darrin Nelson 2 months ago

    That guy's blue sweater is so douche it's delicious.

  • Pyroman /
    Pyroman / 2 months ago

    Be whacked if he could switch mid at bat

  • Pyroman /
    Pyroman / 2 months ago

    4:58 A high school kid is a switch pitcher dunno if he is going be good enough to make the majors who did this just trained with both arms since he was like 5

  • some guy ok
    some guy ok 2 months ago

    Just flip a coin jeez

  • soaky1
    soaky1 2 months ago +1

    Fun Fact: Michael Vick is actually right-handed. He just throws the football left handed.

  • Kayleigh Lehrman
    Kayleigh Lehrman 2 months ago

    Does Will's shirt say "LAURA DERN"?

  • Shukijo
    Shukijo 3 months ago

    Watching these video's is like learning sports backwards

  • johnnybikesalot
    johnnybikesalot 3 months ago

    So how did they decide the game where this came up? Before they made the rule. That game that caused the rule? What was their decision then?

  • Kyle Smith
    Kyle Smith 3 months ago

    All the time that it would take you to "learn" to be ambidextrous would take up the time that it takes to practice to become a professional athlete. Ain't no way.

  • PoorGamer
    PoorGamer 3 months ago

    My classmates trained herself to become ambidextrous because she's having a bad time writing on a spring notebook on both sides. She did it for like a year or two on highschool

  • Switch Pitcher
    Switch Pitcher 3 months ago

    I’m a switch pitcher

  • Magucci13
    Magucci13 3 months ago

    The end was actually hilarious 😂

  • Ashton Kutcher
    Ashton Kutcher 3 months ago

    I naturally pitch, hit, punch right handed and write, eat , brush my teeth right handed but I can switch them if I have to

  • Jesse Macmillan
    Jesse Macmillan 3 months ago

    Guy in the hat is retarded holy cow lmfao.
    ambidextrous: able to use the right and left hands equally well. but somehow you're able to train yourself to become this and still have a dominate hand?? One to many brain cells lost for this guy.
    sure this guy may have trained with left for a long time and I don't doubt it but if somebody is considered ambidextrous that means they cannot have a dominant hand.

    • BaseballproGamer
      BaseballproGamer 3 months ago

      Pat venditte isnt actually ambidextrous. His dad trained him from infancy to throw with both hands. He didn't naturally use both.

  • Marley McNamara
    Marley McNamara 3 months ago

    I’m in love with these videos at them monent

  • First Name Last Name
    First Name Last Name 3 months ago

    You're not born Ambidextrous. Handedness is developed at a young age and can be changed over your life.

  • hr1meg
    hr1meg 3 months ago

    Mickey Mantle's father taught him how to be a switch hitter and hit from both sides of the plate.

  • LukeL007
    LukeL007 3 months ago +1

    I do believe the original rule was that once the batter declares a side to hit from he cannot change until his next at bat. Because of that one can argue that the batter make the decision based on the pitcher he is facing and thus the pitcher must declare first.

  • Darren Wilson
    Darren Wilson 3 months ago

    I wish i could just filter out every video that has Will in it from sb nation

  • The bearded gamer
    The bearded gamer 3 months ago +1

    The batter challenges the pitcher, the pitcher can’t throw until the batter is ready. The batter should decide and then the pitcher can

  • Miller Fouts
    Miller Fouts 3 months ago

    u can train for both hands, my dad was a right footed, but he was pushing a lawn mower and he ran his foot over, so to play soccer (he was playing in college at the time) he taught himself to be lefty in a week or two