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Pat Venditte makes MLB debut in split squad game today

Yankee Pat Venditte and his six-fingered glove.

Yankee Pat Venditte and his six-fingered glove. Photo Credit: Jim Baumbach

Now in what is without a doubt the most utterly fascinating baseball story of the day (sorry Jose Reyes and your running to first base only limit) Yankees' ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte is making his debut in a split squad game against Atlanta.

Venditte will be in the bullpen for CC Sabatha who is starting. This game is sadly not on television.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is pretty stoked to get a glimpse of his newest and arguably most cool pitching weapon.

"I've wanted to see it all spring," Girardi said told The  Journal-News. "I'd like to put him in against a left, right, left."

As a right-handed pitcher, Venditte is reported to have a 90 mph fastball. As a left-handed pitcher, he's has a solid slider and a changeup.

Venditte's rise in baseball hasn't been without controversy. During his first minor league appearance last season and a battle with a switch hitter, Venditte kept alternating sides, as did the hitter. The umpires then created the 'Venditte Rule,' where the pitcher decides what hand he will use, then the hitter can which side he wants to bat on.

Venditte also uses a six-fingered glove. It's pretty awesome. See video Newsday shot of Venditte last year.



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