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Is it permitted for a pitcher to throw with either hand at his sole discretion and are there any limitations to his doing this or changing?

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2010-06-16 21:36:30
2010-06-16 21:36:30

Pitchers that are left handed place their left foot on the pitching rubber. Pitchers that are right handed place their right foot on the pitching rubber. There is no rule that states which foot the pitcher must place on the pitching rubber at any one time. So if a pitcher wanted to throw lefty for one pitch and righty the next, as long as he conforms to the rules, he is allowed to do so.

Actually in accordance with the rules, once the pitcher starts one way with a particular batter he must remain pitching that way until the end of the at bat. He may, however switch on the next batter.

To the above paragraph, where in the MLB rulebook can I find that rule?

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I am not sure if that is in the rulebook yet.. It just recently came up in a minor league game where the pitcher and batter kept switching back and forth for 10 minutes to get the righty/lefty or righty/righty type matchup they were wanting and to end the circus the home plate ump made the rule and it was later that day approved by the league

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