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Greg Allen Harris

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A useful swing-man throughout his career, Greg Harris is best known for having once pitched using both arms in a single game. Typically a right-handed pitcher, he had previously accquired a special glove that could be placed on either hand and allow him to pitch with the other. He had worn it in games since being forbidden by Boston Red Sox GM Lou Gorman from throwing both righty and lefty in an appearance; apparently, this was Harris's way of tweaking the Red Sox executive. Finally, though, Harris found himself pitching for the Montreal Expos in the last season of his career, and on September 28, 1995, against the Cincinnati Reds, in his final career appearance, he fulfilled his career-long ambition of pitching ambidextrously, respectively walking and retiring the two batters he faced as a southpaw, in between beginning and ending the inning, and with it the game, as a right-hander. It is conceivable that a progressive manager or organization might someday make use of a pitcher like Harris, as being a switch-pitcher would allow the pitcher to always have the platoon advantage and also render bullpen usage less wasteful. In 2015, Pat Venditte became the next "switch pitcher" in the major leagues.

Harris was a pitching coach in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' chain from 1996-1998, including 1998 for the St. Petersburg Devil Rays. He was pitching coach for the Lancaster JetHawks in 1999 [1].

Greg's son, also named Greg Harris, began pitching in the minors in 2013.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Danny Gallagher: "Harris finally got to pitch both ways" in Remembering the Montreal Expos, Scoop Press, Toronto, ON, 2005, pp. 213-216.

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