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Rom, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound southpaw, has signed with the University of Michigan but can opt to sign with the Orioles organization.
The pinkie didn’t appear to be hurting the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, certainly not during batting practice where the sweet-swinging southpaw pounded seven home runs over the left-field fence.
The 6-foot-2 southpaw from West Springfield established himself as a frontline starter this spring.
Through the first six outs, the lanky southpaw punched out three.
The only run of the game scored in the sixth when Arizona brought in a lefty to face right-handed-hitting Doming Santana, who used to destroy southpaws (.937 OPS in 2016; .893 in 2017).
Kanalas, a 19-year-old southpaw from Hungary, actually has more professional experience than any boxer Hernandez has faced.
Two of the state’s top pitchers, Central Catholic’s Steve Hajjar , a senior southpaw from North Andover, and BC High’s Mike Vasil , a senior righthander from Wellesley, made their season debuts last week.
In 2012, Manny Parra, a former starter, was the lone southpaw for most of the season.
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Southpaw is of obscure origin. A popular theory holds that it comes from the onetime position of ballparks in relation to the sun. Supposedly, late 19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter. The throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would then be to the south-hence the name southpaw. This theory of its origin is undermined, however, by the fact that the original use of southpaw does not involve baseball at all. Rather, the term was used as early as 1848 to describe, simply, the left hand or a punch or blow given with the left hand. Today, we often use southpaw as a good-natured term for a left-handed person, but the word is sometimes viewed as stigmatizing by left-handed people.
SOUTHPAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of southpaw for English Language Learners
: someone who is left-handed; especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher or boxer
SOUTHPAW Defined for Kids
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