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Knuckleballer Spring Training Update: Wright, Dickey, Gamboa

Is it spring training or some kind of All-Star thing? According to Rob Bradford, “Steven Wright looks the same as when he marched on to an All-Star appearance last season.” On Saturday the he pitched “three hitless innings against the twins” and “worked up to 41 pitches before going back down to the bullpen for another […]

Knuckleball Pitchers and Catchers Try and Try Again

Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers isn’t too worried about embarrassing himself as a knuckleball catcher, even though he and Kurt Suzuki now have knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey to contend with. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman says both are “adapting to knuckleball,” and Braves manager Brian Snitker is ready to split knuckleball-catching duty between both men. Dickey has repeatedly […]

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, […]

Rays of Hope for Knuckleballers like Eddie Gamboa, Etc.

The big news has been that Eddie Gamboa, who signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in January of this year, early this month got promoted to the MLB. The Baltimore Sun reports: Former Orioles farmhand Eddie Gamboa, who extended his career—and his dream of making the majors—by becoming a knuckleball pitcher, […]

Jays Keeping Knuckleball Catcher Thole, Rays Getting Knuckleball Pitcher Gamboa

The Toronto Blue Jays are holding onto Josh Thole, the catcher that R. A. Dickey loves to throw to. According to the Kelown Daily Courier: The club announced Thursday that the knuckleball specialist has been signed to a major-league contract. Thole elected to become a free agent on Tuesday night after clearing waivers. The 29-year-old […]

Aspiring Knuckleballer Dan Johnson Returns to Tampa Bay Rays

Position player Dan Johnson—”yes, that Dan Johnson, the one who hit two of the most dramatic homers in Rays history,” as Marc Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times recalls him to readers—is getting a chance to make waves as a knuckleball pitcher with the Rays organization. Johnson, who spent his career primarily as a first […]

Unfair to So Soon Inflict a Knuckleballer on Batters? Plus: Knee Surgery for Dickey

We think it’s always very fair to have to go up against a knuckleballer! Agreed, it may also be very inconvenient. But Roger Mooney at tbo.com wonders whether letting non-roster invitee Eddie Gamboa pitch “this early in camp” to Tampa Bay Rays batters is “a little unfair.” It’s not, says Rays manager Kevin Cash. “I think […]

Haeger and Niekro Want Eddie Gamboa to Get to the Next Level of Knuckleball

The New York Times has determined that despite its rarity, the knuckleball is not quite on the way out, especially in light of growing interest in the pitch over the last few years since a knuckleballer won the Cy Young Award (“As a Species, the Knuckleball Flutters but Survives”). Players to watch include Eddie Gamboa, […]

Knuckleballers Gamboa, Worth, Wright in Mexico, Michigan, Ohio

What has knuckleball pitcher Eddie Gamboa been up to lately? According to a photo caption at jeanfruthimages.com, last week he delivered a fifth-inning pitch in the late afternoon sunlight…and earned the win, as Mexico cruised to a 9-3 victory over Cuba. Mexico, who lost in the Series finals to Cuba last year, has won its […]