Thursday, July 10, 2008

Left Handedness and Beisbol: A Wash U Study

"Ninety percent of the human population is right-handed, but in baseball 25 percent of the players, both pitchers, and hitters, are left-handed," said Peters, a devoted St. Louis Cardinal fan who attended "Stan the Man's" last ball game at Sportsman's Park in 1963. "There is a premium on lefthanders for a number of reasons. For starters, take seeing the ball.

"A right-handed batter facing a right-handed pitcher actually has to pick up the ball visually as it comes from behind his (the batter's) left shoulder. The left-handed batter facing the right-handed pitcher has the ball coming to him, so he has a much clearer view of pitches."

Then, Peters says, consider the batter's box. After a right-hander connects with a ball, his momentum spins him toward the third-base side and he must regroup to take even his first step toward first base. In contrast, the left-hander's momentum carries him directly toward first.


A question: Angus and I are BOTH left-handed. But I suck at baseball, and he is only slightly better. Is this another of those "neither necessary nor sufficient" things? I HATE those.

(Nod to Bayou Jack, who doesn't really suck at anything)


Carole Seawert said...

We southpaws have to put up with living in a world designed for right handers ,so it's nice to know there is actually something that favours us .

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This is interesting because I didn't know that most of 25 percent of the players, both pitchers, and hitters, are left-handed, I'd like to know where you got this information because I want to know that, or if that's important in baseball having left-handed players.m10m said...

25% left-handed in baseball?? I didn't knew this, interesting information, that is why it is a great game.