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Switch-hitting in the majors is becoming a lost art

Switch-hitting in the majors is becoming a lost art

Shane Victorino, acquired by the Angels before the nonwaiver trade deadline last week, is clearly not the same player he was in 2012, the last time he played for a Los Angeles team. And that's not meant to be derogatory. When Victorino played for the Dodgers, he was a switch-hitter, just as he was years before that, when he was a two-time All-Star and an offensive catalyst for championship-winning Philadelphia Phillies teams. But halfway though the 2013 season with the Boston Red Sox, after a series of leg injuries, Victorino stopped hitting left-handed, further depleting the number of major league ballplayers capable of batting from both sides of the plate. The number of...

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