Don Mattingly bats left, threw left, throws right

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles DodgersBy Jon Weisman

Let the record show that Don Mattingly threw left in the Major Leagues. Let the picture show that Mattingly throws right.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

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The former eight-time All-Star often finds his way to first base during batting practice, but lately, he’s been wearing a glove on what you’d expect to be his throwing hand. (At right, Mattingly throwing lefty on April 15.)

Mattingly explained that he’s ambidextrous, but after spending his career throwing left — including three games at third base in 1986 — wear and tear has turned him around.

“With my shoulder, I can’t really throw left-handed,” he said. “I can’t really pull it way back. So I’m getting my right hand going again.”

Mattingly said that in Little League, when he played positions including catcher and shortstop, he played right-handed.

“Once I got to high school, I pretty much stayed left-handed,” he said. “That was my stronger arm – always stronger left-handed. But I always threw right naturally.”

2 Comments

I remember I use to fool around in stickball batting and throwing left handed. It was fun.

Mr Baseball has always amazed me. Especially when he challenged the owners last year. This is a man who stands by his decisions. Go Don, get those Dodgers on top again.

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