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Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:05 pm

Being left-handed can be an advantage in sports. For example, southpaw pitchers are in high demand in baseball. But not if you are a catcher. I found this article in the NYT that claims we will never see another lefty catcher in the majors, although the reasons are somewhat unclear.

I know for a time that no lefty was allowed to box professionally. Don't know if that is still true.

Is there something sinister about this (pun intended)?

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Re: Lefties

Postby Huckleby » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:09 pm

hey, I was a catcher in little league. Most batters are right-handed, meaning they stand on the left side of the plate. If the catcher is throwing left-handed, the batter will likely be in the way more often for throws, especially steals down to second base.

I'm just guessing, but it undoubtably has to do with throws the catcher has to make.

BTW, you NEVER see a left-handed second baseman, I suppose that is more common knowledge, because of awkward throw to first. I hadn't heard about the catcher thing.

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Re: Lefties

Postby Igor » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:06 pm

Advantage Lefty: Batting, Pitching, First Base
Advantage Righty: Catcher, Second, Short, Third.
Outfield doesn't really matter.

In other sports, Leftys have an advantage in bowling, and seem to have an advantage in racquet sports and fencing (probably just because of their opponents being less familiar with them). On the other hand, leftys no doubt have a harder time finding equipment, and you can't play polo left handed. (think about it for a bit)

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Re: Lefties

Postby O.J. » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:05 am

Rob Neyer blogged about this on ESPN yesterday.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sweetspot/0- ... hers-.html

I think his explanation is as good as any: simply put, left-handed pitchers are at such a premium, that any southpaw prospect with a strong arm is pushed towards that position.

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