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Chris Nowlin to Join Cleburne Railroaders; PLUS: Throwing the Power Knuckleball

IKA’s own Chris Nowlin has some good news. Posting on April 18, he announced: I’ve just finalized my contract for the 2018 season with the Cleburne Railroaders in the American Association. Cleburne is a suburb of Fort Worth and is in the southwest portion of the Greater Dallas Area. And it’s a great fit for the […]

Knuckleball Pitching As a Team Effort

Knuckleball pitchers are the ones who pitch the knuckleball. They are the ones who are on the mound letting it loose. They also deserve the primary credit for choosing to make such a large change in their careers in order to stay in the game; for as we know, knucklers often adopt the knuckleball as […]

Eddie Gamboa Picked Up by Rangers; Brian Wilson, Out of MLB Since 2014, Says He’ll Also Pitch Knuckleball Full-Time

One of the baseball players who has made the switch to full-time knuckleball pitcher in recent years is Eddie Gamboa. He pitched seven games in the MLB last year for Tampa and is now being picked up by the Texas Rangers. The transaction-a-day Rangers are right on their game as spring training begins. On Tuesday, […]

Brian Wilson Is Thinking About His Future, and the Knuckleball

Brian Wilson, he of the conspicuous beard, hasn’t forgotten about the knuckleball since the days observers first noticed him “experimenting with the knuckler in a pre-game workout” in 2013; or, this year, unleashing it as his very first pitch in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ early-spring exhibition game with the Seattle Mariners. In conversation with the […]

Will the Knuckleball Survive R.A. Dickey’s Eventual Retirement? Plus: Gamboa, Wilson

MLB.com’s Terence Moore is careful to say (though in a piece entitled “Enjoy Dickey, knuckleball while you can”) that he doesn’t expect R.A. Dickey to retire anytime soon. “It’s just that, when the 39-year-old Dickey goes into retirement one of these centuries, then what?” (“One of these centuries” because Moore knows that pitchers who successfully […]

Brian Wilson Unleashes Neat Knuckler as First Pitch; Blue Jays Sign Knuckleballer Frank Viola III

It’s big news when a mainstream pitcher chucks a knuck, judging by the sit-up-straight reaction to Los Angeles Dodger Brian Wilson’s wobbler in the Dodgers’ March 4 game with the Seattle Mariners. And it was “actually pretty good,” judges HardballTalk’s D.J. Short. We probably should have seen this coming, as Josh Tucker of Dodgers Insider […]