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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 […]

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 […]

Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back as a Starter, for Now; PLUS: Famed 45-year-old Knucklers

Comeback Kid Steven Wright, once again excelling as a knuckleball pitcher after a year away from baseball, will be serving as a starting pitcher at least for the moment. (See our last post, “Though Starting as a Reliever, Steven Wright May End as a Starter.”) WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Wright is getting a chance […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back on Red Sox Roster

After delays caused by injuries last year and other problems, Steven Wright will now be pitching again for the Boston Red Sox. Ricky Doyle at NESN.com reports: The Red Sox added the knuckleballer to their active major league roster before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. To make room, Boston placed right-hander Hector Velazquez […]