It was fairly shocking when it was reported that former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would become the next first base coach for the Boston Red Sox.
What he said in his media availability after officially being hired, just might be more shocking. Via MassLive:
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"I'm actually ambidextrous so I'm going to try to throw both ways. Interestingly enough, I'm going to have to get together with my brother who works with a lot of youth baseball -- my brother David -- and get my fungo going and get my arm in shape. I've already dropped about 10 pounds."
He's ambidextrous! Honestly, who was expecting that? He will be throwing batting practice with both hands likely starting in spring training next season.
Amaro will also be tasked with coaching the outfielders. He says he is "ecstatic" to be working with the dynamic young players in Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo, among others.
His move to an on-field coach is certainly a bit unorthodox. There's no doubt that Amaro will be under a bit of a microscope as he transitions from the front office to the field, but one of the first things he will have to prove is that he can throw batting practice with both hands.