Switch-pitching provokes new rule in baseball. Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher, currently playing for the Charelston RiverDogs. He once engaged in a lengthy cat-and-mouse game with switch-hitter Ralph Henriquez of the Brooklyn Cyclones and forced development of a new rule applying to a switch-pitcher facing a switch-hitter:
The rule is as follows:
1. Venditte initially must pick one side or the other.
2. The switch-hitter then gets to choose to bat right-handed or left-handed.
3. After one pitch, the pitcher and batter can switch once more during the at-bat.
4. The pitcher does not get warm-up pitches after switching arms.
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