Game 8: Tribe at M’s lineups

Not sure how I didn’t see it before, especially since I snapped this photo (right) and posted it on Twitter during Spring Training.

Look closely.

Notice anything odd?

That’s Indians closer Chris Perez. The right-handed stopper at the back-end of the Tribe’s bullpen. Right-handed. Right. Hand. Right?

Wrong.

Turns out that Perez is actually left-handed. That’s why he’s pictured there, signing a baseball with his left hand. It’s why he was in the visitors’ dugout prior to today’s game doing the same. It also explains his goofy personality and why he is such a natural fit for the oddball existence of a Major League reliever.

I asked Perez, “How does that happen?”

He shrugged between autographs.

Told him he should’ve tried throwing lefty.

“Yeah, I’d probably throw 150 mph with that arm,” he replied.

Here are today’s lineups…

Indians (5-2) at Mariners (2-5)
at Safeco Field, 9:10 p.m. ET

CLEVELAND
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Travis Buck, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.29)

SEATTLE
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 3B
3. Milton Bradley, LF
4. Jack Cust, DH
5. Justin Smoak, 1B
6. Miguel Olivo, C
7. Adam Kennedy, 2B
8. Brendan Ryan, SS
9. Michael Saunders, CF

Pitching: RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 3.18)

–JB

5 Comments

It’s not as uncommon as you think- I do everything left-handed except throw a baseball and golf, and both can be attributed to my father. When I was a kid, he bought me a little plastic left-handed kid’s glove, but I wouldn’t use it, so I stole his old right-handed glove and used that. And I golf right-handed so it wouldn’t screw up my swing for baseball(I bat left-handed).

I do everything right-handed except shoot a gun. Ha. I found out at a shooting range years ago that I am left-eye dominant, so shooting from the left side nets better results. Weird.

And, yeah, it’s more common than people realize. There were a few players I covered in Toronto who threw with one hand and did everything else with the other. Jesse Litsch is one. He’s a lefty who throws righty like Perez.

~JB

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My son is also left handed at everything except baseball. He pitches, throws, and bats right handed! Maybe he can throw 150 mph with his left?

An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit of similar evaluation on this. He in reality bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile.

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