Medicine: Eye on The Ball?

As a boy, Ophthalmologist Jose Portal was a star pitcher and a good shortstop too, but, he recalls, "I couldn't hit worth a damn." That is, not until he switched to batting lefthanded. After studying 23 varsity baseball players at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Portal thinks he knows why. ; In last week's New England Journal of Medicine, Portal and fellow Researcher Paul Romano reported that it's mostly a matter of eye-hand dominance. The better pitchers -- and poorer hitters -- tend to have a dominant, or favored, eye and hand on the same side. But good hitters...

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