Pablo Sandoval pitched a perfect inning, but even more shocking, he could've done the same thing left-handed
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What's even more shocking than seeing a man who goes by the nickname "Kung Fu Panda" come into a game and shut down the NL champs in his pitching debut? Knowing that he could've likely done the same thing left-handed.
Sandoval was a born lefty (similar to Billy Wagner being a born righty), but wanted to play shortstop, so his grandfather taught him to throw with his right hand when he was entering Little League. He actually pitched with both hands during youth games. Here's Sandoval talking to the San Francisco Chronicle about his ambidexterity postgame:
Pablo Sandoval, who threw a perfect, 11-pitch inning,— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) April 29, 2018
explains how he was born a lefty and learned to throw right-handed: pic.twitter.com/iIRxujVO2J
And video proof of Sandoval going full-southpaw during warmups a few years ago. He's said he can throw 85 mph this way:
Athletes: They're just like us, only better at everything.