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Knuckleballer Steven Wright: “Most Crucial Postseason Weapon”?

CLNS Media Network’s Nick Quaglia discusses the prospective postseason role of Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, whom Quaglia believes to be the “Most Crucial Postseason Weapon” of the Sox. Despite the team’s success, some people have been worried about the bullpen. One question: who can best fill the gap between starter and closer? Quaglia […]

Liking and Disliking the Knuckleball; Or, Surrendering to Chaos

“A knuckleball can be the most antagonizing pitch for any hitter,” says D.J. Vasil, talking about a knuckleball issuing from the Apollo-Ridge Vikings. Apollo-Ridge is a high school in Spring Church, Pennsylvania. Its baseball team has a knuckleball pitcher, Jayson Sowers, who plans on having his knuckleball dance all season as the Vikings compete for […]

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 […]

The Way to Hit a Knuckleball…Maybe; Though Not Against Mickey Jannis

We’re not sure we should be passing along advice on how to hit a knuckleball, or when to try (yes, we’re biased in favor of the pitcher). On the other hand, we’re not sure that the words of relatively successful knuckleball-hitter Matt Williams (pictured)—now a manager with the Washington Nationals—can be very readily assimilated and […]