Information For And About Lefthanded People
Lefthanders have always played a very prominent visible role in the game of baseball. At the earliest age, baseball players are clearly defined and identified as being either lefthanded or righthanded, according to the hand they use to throw the ball. The other hand, by default, becomes their catching hand, or glove hand.
Baseball players are also clearly defined as either lefthanded batters, or righthanded batters, by which side of home plate they stand when they swing the bat. There are also many switch hitters in baseball, players who can bat either lefthanded or righthanded, depending on whether the pitcher is lefthanded or righthanded.
As children first learn to play baseball, a lefthanded batter might have a more difficult time learning to swing smoothly if he is taught by righthanders and has no other lefthander to watch and learn from. When he does make contact, but before he develops any power, most of his easy ground balls to second base or first base are easy outs.
When a lefthanded throwing child steps onto a baseball field, he is almost always limited to being a pitcher, first-baseman, or outfielder. The tradition of now allowing lefthanders a chance to play catcher, 2ndbase, shortstop, and 3rdbase...even in the lowest levels of the game and quite often even in practice, takes the fun out of the game for many lefthanders and helps them to lose interest before they get a chance to develop their talent.
Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, Dallas Keuchel, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, CC Sabathia are the starters. Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Zach Britton and Glenn Perkins are among the best relief pitchers.
Carl Hubbell, Rube Waddell, Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton, Tom Glavine, and Randy Johnson are among the best starting pitchers in baseball. John Franco, Billy Wagner, Randy Myers, Sparky Lyle and Ron Perranoski are the most notable lefthanded relief pitchers.
Robinson Cano, Joey Votto, Joe Mauer, Nick Markakis,
Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper, Charlie Blackmon, and Anthony Rizzo, are among the current best lefthanded batters in baseball, and some will be considered among the all-time greats when their careers are over.
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Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Willie McCovey, Reggie Jackson, George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Barry Bonds, and Ken Griffey Jr. are among the best lefthanded batters of all-time, but many others lefthanded batters also rank among the all-time league leaders in various categories.