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Jays' Cecil throws left but he sure gets it right


Jays' Cecil throws left but he sure gets it right
Hours before Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees, Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil sat in the dugout next to a team employee who had papers for him to sign.

Cecil, a 22-year-old rookie gunning for his second major-league win tonight against the White Sox, grabbed the pen with his right hand and scribbled his signature a few times before hitting the field.

It might seem strange for a southpaw to sign his name with his right hand, but it's normal for Cecil.

He said the only thing he does left-handed is pitch, and throws so naturally with his non-dominant hand no coach has ever suggested he switch to his right hand.

In fact, coaches don't know Cecil is right-handed until he tells them, and Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg didn't find out until just this week.

"Obviously, he picked the right hand to throw with," Arnsberg joked.

Cecil, who has allowed just one earned run in 14 innings since his May 1 promotion from Triple-A, didn't have much choice.

He said he owes his left-handed tendency to a miscommunication between his mother and aunt just before his fourth birthday.

"My mom told my aunt to get me a right-handed glove," said Cecil, who pitched eight shutout innings against Oakland last Sunday for his first major-league win. "So I just used that one."

Athletes like Cecil are fairly common in boxing, where natural southpaws like Oscar De La Hoya and Joe Frazier won world titles as right-handers. Former middleweight champ Marvin Hagler was much like Cecil, a right-hander who turned lefty in the ring.

Former Jays pitching coach Gil Patterson taught himself to pitch left-handed while rehabbing an injury to his right arm, and reportedly could fire 85-m.p.h. fastballs.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cecil threw a few right-handed pitches during his bullpen session. But Arnsberg said neither man sees Cecil as a potential switch-pitcher.

"I don't know where I'd be right now if I was throwing right-handed," Cecil said. "I might not even be a pro Baseball player."


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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