Game favors left-handed hitters
Why does the fate of switch-hitters intrigue fans more than ordinary right-handed or left-handed hitters? Who knows? Most of the greatest hitters in baseball history batted left-handed; many of those were natural right-handers who chose to bat from the left side to gain an advantage in a game that favors left-handed hitters.
A quick scan of the batting stats with the highest profiles show a distinct absence of switch-hitters on the top of the all-time lists. In the top 20 hitters in career batting average, there are no switch-hitters. Nor are any in the top 20 in slugging percentage. Two switch-hitters reside on the lists of most career base hits: the indestructible Pete Rose at No. 1 and Eddie Murray at No. 11. In career home runs, Mickey Mantle is the top switch-hitter at No. 13; Murray is No. 20. Mantle is the only switch-hitter in the top 20 in career home run percentage (through 2005). Only Murray at No. 7 represents switchers in the top 20 RBI leaders in history. That's a pretty small list.
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