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Mickey Jannis On Going All In with the Knuckleball: “I knew it was a long shot, but…”

Among the nominees for this year’s Rawlings Gold Glove Award were two Atlanta Braves: center fielder Ender Inciarte and pitcher R.A. Dickey, whose fate next season is still unknown (to us, anyway). Inciarte had won a Gold Glove in 2016 and Dickey had done so in 2013, a year after winning the Cy Young Award. […]

Braves Decline Option on Knuckleballer Dickey, Soon to Decide Whether to Retire

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves announced that they were declining their $8 million option on 42-year-old knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. According to the Associated Press, “Dickey was the Braves’ most consistent starter this season, going 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts. He said at the end of the season he will meet with […]

Chris Nowlin of Knuckleball Nation Introduces Social Network

Knuckleball Nation, the web site and organization of IKA’s Chris Nowlin (shown above with R.A. Dickey), has introduced a social feature called the Knuckleball Network, and announced a related feature focusing on the achievements of knuckleball pitchers, the Scoreboard (forthcoming). The Knuckleball Network is a social network for knuckleball pitchers, parents and coaches available only […]

R.A. Dickey’s Born-Again Career As a Knuckleball Pitcher: “The old me died. But it was a good death…”

So says always-quotable R.A. Dickey to MDJ Online’s Nubyjas Wilborn, whose article on R.A. is brief but jam-packed. On Dickey’s giving up six homers with his first start as a knuckleball pitcher: “I still have nightmares about that game. I learned a lot…. [W]hen it’s on, it doesn’t matter if the ’27 Yankees are up there. I’m […]

Prospective Knuckleballers Gotta Ask Yourselves One Question

Ryan Nagelhout of Uproxx.com remembers, and interviews, Tim Wakefield, who “had one of the most fascinating pitching careers in the modern Major Leagues.” But Wakefield rebuilt his career as a knuckleballer, catching on with the Boston Red Sox for 17 seasons in which he pitched the most innings in Red Sox history. He won 200 […]

Waiting for the Knuckleball

Fun fact: two of the longest-lived MLB pitchers were knuckleball pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm (pictured with Wilbur Wood) and Phil Niekro. We’re reminded of the advantage in career longevity that knuckleballers enjoy by John Carter’s article, “In Honor of Jamie Moyer: The Oldest Pitchers Ever” over at BillJamesOnline. Knuckleball artist Hoyt Wilhelm’s last game in 1972 […]

R.A. Dickey in Top Form; Plus: Should Tim Tebow Try Yet Another Athletic Switch…to Knuckleball Pitcher?

Last time, we reported the comments of R.A. Dickey after he had helped the Braves beat the Phillies 3-1. He said, in effect, that the game was a good omen for future outings in the season. And he challenged himself to keep up his current performance. He has indeed kept it up—for example, with his role […]

Kurt Suzuki Is Catching On About Catching the Knuckleball

Kurt Suzuki had never before worked with a knuckleball pitcher when he joined the Atlanta Braves as a catcher around the same time that knuckleball catcher R.A. Dickey was also signing on. But Suzuki tells the Macon Telegraph’s Ron Siebel that he’s getting the hang of it. During spring training, Suzuki worked with Dickey, going […]