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Come Back to Knuckleball Pitching, Steven Wright (When You’re Ready)

We’re hearing good reports of knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright’s progress, and keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll be in action again before this MLB season expires. Slow and steady wins the race, in this case. Wright acknowledges that he pushed himself and his post-op knee a bit too hard, too fast when he returned to […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright, On Mend, Will Likely Pitch Again This Season; PLUS: Life After Knuckleball for Dickey and Zink

Early in the 2017 season, Steven Wright had major knee surgery that kept him off the mound for the rest of the season. This year, although he got a late start, he lobbed his knuckleball excellently for several weeks before inflammation of that knee put him back on the disabled list. He is still out […]

Graser Used to Just Fool Around with the Knuckleball, but Now…

Here’s another up-and-coming young knuckleballer reported to be a skilled practitioner of the wobbly art: Matt Graser of the Badlands Big Sticks. About a game played in early July, by Shelby Reardon in the Dickinson Press, Reardon writes: Once again, Matt Graser did his thing. The Badlands Big Sticks pitcher relied heavily on his knuckleball, […]

Blandino’s Pitching Makes for a “rough at-bat”

We’re thinking again about infielder and surprise-knuckleballer Alex Blandino. Thank Kenny Kelly’s SB Nation article asking “Who is the best position player to pitch in 2018?” He notes that by mid-July 27 position players had been drafted as pitchers. And the issue is who “has the best stuff.” Blandino, of the Cincinnati Reds, did not […]

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s Best First-Half Performance; PLUS: Kratz Knuckleball Is Back

A few days ago, R.A. Dickey’s breakout season was recalled in Kirk Meyer’s New York Daily News article “Best first-half performances by Yankees and Mets pitchers.” 2012: R.A. Dickey, Mets (12-1, 2.40 ERA, 123 strikeouts) Dickey caught lightning in a bottle with his knuckleball in 2012. At 38, Dickey peaked in June, when he threw […]

Blandino Is Offered Blandishments for Blue-Ribbon Knuckleball

With knuckleballer Steven Wright sidelined for the moment because still recovering from an episode of post-surgical knee trouble, we have been hoping that some plucky third baseman would try a knuckleball to liven things up a little. And voilà! Plucky Cincinnati Reds third baseman Alex Blandino—with the Reds organization since 2014 but only this year […]

Wright on Road to Recovery; Is “Knuckleball” the Right Word?

On June 26, knuckleballer Steven Wright was returned to the disabled list because of his knee (subjected to surgery last year). But he has been upbeat about the problem. “I mean, it’s frustrating because you want to go out there and compete,” ESPN quoted him. “But when I had the surgery, they kind of told […]

Steven Wright, Again on Disabled List, May Rebound Soon; PLUS: The Jannis Trajectory; and a Position Player Wins While Trying Out His Knuckleball

Not long after our last post about the knuckleballer, Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox was placed on the ten-day disabled list, for the second time this season. The problem was inflammation of his left knee. Wright had been knocked out of play for most of the 2017 season by knee trouble, which required […]

Pitching Comeback Is a Long-term Proposition for Knuckleballer Steven Wright

The Boston Red Sox faced the Seattle Mariners again last Friday, and won, but not until Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright had given up ten earned runs over a little more than three innings. The score was 14-10, after the Sox had lagged 5-10. Knuckleballers have on days as well as off days. If Wright […]

In Third Start, Knuckleball Pitcher Wright’s String of No-Run Innings Is Broken

We’d been hoping that Steven Wright’s recent streak of allowing no runs would last a few hundred more innings or so. On Saturday, though, he did allow a single run. Since the pitchers on the Seattle Mariners—especially Wade LeBlanc—didn’t allow any, the result was a 1-0 loss for the Sox. (A day later the Sox […]