Only one percent of Americans are ambidextrous, and the number of ambidextrous baseball players is even less than that. Ambidextrous players are truly mystical wonders. While there have been several ambidextrous players in the game over the years, pitchers have been much more rare. In fact, since 1894, there have only been two ambidextrous pitchers, most notably Pat Venditte of the Toronto Blue Jays. Venditte was drafted in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB draft by the New York Yankees. He didn’t make his MLB debut however, till June 5th of last year. Since he was three years old, Venditte has been throwing ambidextrous.
Ambidextrous baseball players are far and few. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of these throwers, and the gloves they use.
Ambidextrous Pitchers Advantage Over Batters
Since they can switch dominance between hands, these pitchers have truly a unique ability of choosing which hand to throw which will give them the best matchup facing the batter. Conventional wisdom tells us that when a pitcher and a batter face each other, both having the same dominant arm, i.e. lefty vs lefty, the pitcher has the upper hand. This is simply because of the break on certain pitches, and the angle the pitchers have off the mound.
Pitching With Both Arms Relieves Wear and Tear
Because they split up their pitches thrown by using both arms, their arms will have distributed the wear and tear somewhat evenly, although not 50-50. Throwing with both arms will relieve pitchers from overthrowing on one particular arm.
It Will Help You Gain Notice From Scouts and Coaches
Being ambidextrous will certainly help you stand out from the crowd. While this can be a good thing, it can also be stressful at times. With talent however, being ambidextrous will help you become scouted earlier on.
Outfielders Will Have a Great Advantage If They Can Use Both Hands
A versatile outfielder is always welcomed in clubhouses across the country. But a ambidextrous one is a true diamond in the rough. A dual arm outfielder can play any position in the outfield.
Requires a big time commitment
Learning how to throw using your non-dominant hand doesn’t happen overnight. And even if you’re somewhat ambidextrous, refining that motion is a task that will take years and years of hard work and dedication. Unless you’re willing to put the time in to refine these skills, it’s recommended that you don’t take up throwing with both arms.
More Stress on the Back
Since you’re using your entire back and shoulder muscles by using both arms, your back is bound to get sore and achy at some point. Nothing major, but still back stiffness can be very painful at times.
Fielding Can be Difficult With the Non-Dominant Hand
When fielding with your non-dominant hand, things can be a lot trickier. Being able to field the ball and throw it over to first, or wherever in the infield, might be a tougher throw than using your dominant hand. Getting a perfect soft touch throw using your non-dominant hand is much more difficult as opposed to your dominant hand, where you know just how hard and far you want to throw it.
Types of Ambidextrous Gloves
An all black model, the 12″ Akameda ambidextrous model is made of prosoft leather all around the glove. A six finger design allows users to use both hands as they please. An ambidextrous web is located on both sides of the glove. The web is more flexible and versatile than most but it very secure and keeps its shape. Maximum comfort on the palm on wrist is guaranteed for both hands, left or right. Wrist straps are located on each side of the glove, giving users the ultimate feel control for whatever hand. This 12″ design can be used in the infield or outfield too. A trapeze styled web on both sides will secure balls hit no matter how hard or high.
- Ambidextrous glove made for throwers of both arms
- Open back
- Prosoft leather covering the entirety of the glove
- Max comfort on the palm, wrist, and in the six finger stalls
- Two wrist straps located at both sides of the glove
- Black color scheme that keeps its color of years of wear and tear
- Medium-deep pocket to secure the ball no matter what hand you’re using
- Some buyers didn’t like the size of the glove as it was to0 big for a few
With some extensive research, you can get your own ambidextrous glove from Mizuno. These custom gloves are known as the GMP1A and can be found on their website. This is an expensive option, however you’re guaranteed perhaps the best ambidextrous glove on the market.