Switch Pitcher: Venditte a rare breed of Bisons relief pitcher

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Pat Venditte is like no other: A pitcher who can throw with both his right and left hands — and do it well.

His ambidextrous approach is no gimmick: It’s calculated and has been since he was seven years old. It’s allowed him to rise all the way up to the Major Leagues, spending time with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays.

Now he’s with the Buffalo Bisons, throwing with both hands, using a six-finger glove, imported from Japan.

“My father traced my hand when I was seven and faxed it off to a place in Osaka,” Venditte said. “They sent back the glove and I’ve been using bigger and bigger ones ever since.”

Venditte is the first pitcher to throw with both hands in a full-time role since 1882, when Tony Mullane did the same. Safe to say, nobody living has ever seen this before.

“It’s something I’m always working on and something I still struggle with,” Venditte said. “But it’s a big reason why I’ve been able to reach the majors.”

The pitcher has bounced between the Bisons and the team’s MLB affiliate in the Blue Jays. He said although his talent has allowed him success, he’s got a tip for those who might attempt to follow suit.

“I guess it’s just easier to throw 95 (MPH) with one arm.”

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