Pablo Sandoval isn't just a switch-hitter -- he can throw with both hands, too

John Tomase
March 01, 2015 - 9:33 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval brought a football into the clubhouse this afternoon and threw a strike to outfielder Quintin Berry ... with his left hand. A minute later, he made another toss, again with perfect form, but this time righty. It turns out that Sandoval, who throws a baseball right-handed, also has a pretty lively left arm. "I was born lefty," he explained. "I learned to throw right-handed when I was 9." And why would the native of Venezuela do that, when lefties are more prized? "I wanted to play shortstop," he said with a grin. Sandoval said that he pitched with both hands -- sometimes within the same game -- as a child. "It was a long time ago, but I did it a couple of times," he said. "In between innings, I would switch gloves and throw with the other hand. I couldn't do it in the same inning." Sandoval estimates he can throw 85-86 mph left-handed, and the above video from his days in San Francisco would seemingly support that point, with Sandoval exhibiting a natural motion and some zip on his warmup tosses. So has he ever had a reason to throw a ball left-handed in a professional game? "No," he said with a laugh, "and I hope I never do."