If you have the opportunity to take in a minor league game involving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (or the Empire State Yankees for the 2012 season), you may notice something that will cause a double take. Should No. 58 trot out to the pitchers mound, you might want to pay attention because you might see something that hasn’t been done but once in baseball’s modern era. Pat Venditte, Jr (born 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska) was ten years old when George A. Harris did something not done since the turn of the twentieth century; he pitched both left-handed and right handed in the same inning for the Montreal Expos.
At an early age, Pat’s parents noticed he had a tendency to throw a ball with either hand without favoring his left or right. These ambidextrous tendencies were reinforced through other sports like football. His mother even had him write with both hands while he was home schooled. As he started to learn the art of pitching, his father (Pat Sr.) taught him to pitch with either hand to gain a competitive edge. In order to help his son’s leg motion for pitching ..read more