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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: Switch-hitters seem to be on the decline. Have you ever covered a switch-pitcher? — JEFF, BEAVERCREEK
A: Switch-hitters are not that rare. When the season began there were 61 on major-league rosters. The Reds currently have two — Billy Hamilton (still learning) and Derrick Robinson. And I covered a switch-pitcher, Greg Harris, who was with the Reds in 1982-83. He could pitch with both hands, but no manager let him do it until September 25, 1995, and only the ninth inning with the Montreal Expos — against the Reds. He had a special six-fingered glove with two thumbs. On that day, he pitched left-handed against left-handed batters and right-handed against right-handed batters. Pitching right-handed, he retired Reggie Sanders. Pitching left-handed he walked Hal Morris but retired Eddie Taubensee. Then he switched back to right-handed and retired Bret Boone. Then he retired from baseball.