Shane Victorino will return to switch hitting next season

Shane Victorino will remain a right-handed hitter throughout the Fall Classic.
Shane Victorino will remain a right-handed hitter throughout the Fall Classic. (USATSI)

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BOSTON - Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been a switch hitter throughout his career, but he stopped hitting left-handed back in August due to hamstring and back injuries. He tried to go back to hitting lefty against right-handers temporarily in the ALCS, but he's done with that experiment.

Well, done just for the series, not for his career.

“That’s something I’m never gonna go away from doing," he said Tuesday. "We’ll finish out the season and go from there, but I worked so hard to be a switch hitter that I don't wanna stop. I’ll hopefully get that opportunity next year and we’ll take it from there.”

Victorino tried to switch back in Game 5 of the ALCS against Anibal Sanchez, but after going 0-for-3, he's now ditched hitting left-handed for the rest of the postseason.

Throughout his career, Victorino has been much worse from the left side. Here are the spilts:

Batting RH: .303/.373/.506
Batting LH: .268/.329/.401

That's unbelievably drastic, so maybe it wouldn't be much worse for Victorino if he ditched hitting lefty for good. His career numbers against right-handers while hitting righty are actually not that bad (.254/.333/.414).

Still, for now the plan is for him to return to hitting lefty against right-handers next season. For the World Series, though, Victorino's batting side should be listed as "R" and not "S."

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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