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Ambidextrous Pitcher

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This guy is quite amazing to watch, Pat Venditte. A few years ago, he played for the Quincy Gems in the Central IL Collegiate League and came in as a reliever in the first game I umpired in that league. My partner that night thought it would be funny to not tell me about this guy and I spent the better part of three hitters trying to figure out what looked so funny about how he was pitching (I was working the bases). The most amazing thing to me was the 6-fingered glove - it is the regular 4 fingers and a thumb on each end and he really switches it seamlessly. I can't remember this part for sure, but I would swear that at one time he threw a pitch, switched the glove to his other (natural) hand, and fielded a comebacker to throw the batter out at 1st base. (Anyone remember Jim Abbott who only had one hand, how he could slip his glove around?) Just thought I would share some memories of a kid making his way through the minors...I believe he graduated from Drake University in Des Moines...pretty cool that Girardi wanted a look at him.

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