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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 […]

Braves, and Niekro, Anticipate a Season with R. A. Dickey Knuckleball

Veteran knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro—one of the few former pro baseball pitchers able to share firsthand insights about throwing the knuckleball with the few current pro knuckleball pitchers—is especially satisfied by the news that R.A. Dickey has joined the Atlanta Braves. Steve Hummer of the Tribune News Service reports: “It’s kind of special for me. […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright Didn’t Pitch in the All-Star Game—But He Was There

Steven Wright was on hand on Tuesday and would have been waved over to the mound had the game gone into extra innings. It didn’t. As Wright explains it, “Because this game means so much, they wanted to make sure that if we went extra innings, we didn’t run out of pitching. So, instead of […]

Can You Trust the Knuckleball?

Over at CSNNE.com, we have video of Dan Shaughnessy discussing Boston Red Sox pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright,” and letting us know that “I don’t trust” a knuckleball in big games. Would the American League All-Star faceoff count as a big game? Ken Rosenthal wants to know “Who would catch knuckleballer Steven Wright in the All-Star […]

Measuring Russell Martin; What Blue Jays Manager Gibbons Should Maybe Do with Knuckleball Pitcher R. A. Dickey

The extent to which Russell Martin has managed to conquer the knuckleball as a Blue Jays/Dickey catcher in 2015 is not the main topic of eeliott29’s post for BlueBirdBanter (“Russell Martin, worth every last penny”), but neither is it marginal. In 2015, Martin brought the tools that summoned him his lucrative contract and in turn saved the […]

K.P. Wee’s New Book: Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer!

We concur! K.P. Wee, the stickler for correct statistics and other baseball details who wrote the book on knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti (yes, literally: Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs), has now come out with Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer! Baseball Legends, Myths, and Stories. The new book discusses Tommy Bridges, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Floyd […]

Pitcher Mickey Jannis: “With the knuckleball there’s no age limit, so I knew I always had a shot.”

One up-and-coming knuckleballer we’re keeping an eye on is Mickey Jannis, whom we posted about a couple of times in June—first about a near-no-hitter he pitched with the Ducks against York Revolution, then about his 2012 switch to full-time knuckleballer. After Jannis signed with the Mets organization later this summer, he told ESPN’s Adam Rubin […]

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Hitting Knuckleball Not Enough, Sandoval Swipe Confirms; Plus: Dickey’s Early Knuckleball Tutorials

“Pablo Sandoval Swings at Knuckleball Above His Head, Makes Contact” is a story about giving in to temptation in a way that doesn’t pay: It’s not very difficult to tempt Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval to swing at a high pitch. And when you’re a knuckleball pitcher, it’s even easier. Toronto Blue Jays […]

Your Knuckleball May Add Years to Your Career

An effective knuckleball can both revive the career of a struggling baseball player and make it way more durable. The best knuckleball players have easily outdone most of their colleagues in the career-longevity department. For examples: Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, Tim Wakefield. Or Hoyt Wilhelm, our subject last week, […]