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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 […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Signs with Red Sox for 2018 Season

Steven Wright has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Red Sox to pitch in 2018. “Wright, 33, was limited to five starts in 2017 before a knee injury cut short his season,” NESN.com recalls. “The knuckleballer, who’s also under team control through 2020, was a surprising All-Star in 2016, posting a 13-6 record with […]

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 […]

R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey on Not-Finalizing the Knuckleball: “It’s been one big, constant, perpetual adjustment….”

R.A. Dickey, who just turned 42, is getting more than his share of goodbyes for someone who has not yet decided whether to hang up his baseball cap. May it all be embarrassingly premature. In any case, Dickey’s ponderings in an interview with John Lott at TheAthletic.com (“R.A. Dickey has much to fill his life without […]

How Steven Wright (Mostly) Avoids Wrong Knuckleballs

FanGraph’s August Fagerstrom recently conducted an interesting interview with Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright on how he does what he does with the knuckleball. On the basis of that report we’ve distilled five things not to do as a knuckleballer. Don’t be consistent. “That’s the biggest key to knuckleballs: you want to be able to […]

R.A. Dickey Likes His Spring Training; Is Japan’s Eri Yoshida Discounting the Knuckleball?

Toronto Blue Jay Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is optimistic about the upcoming baseball season, having performed to his own satisfaction in a recent spring-training game against the Detroit Tigers. According to the National Post: “I couldn’t be more pleased with today’s outing,” said Dickey. “You try not to look at the results, really, in a scenario […]

Last Week, the Toronto Blue Jays Pulled Victory from Jaws Of Defeat in Games 3,4,5 of ALDS; Will History Repeat Itself?

So far, so scary for the Toronto Blue Jays, home of knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. Playing against the Kansas City Royals, the Jays are down by two games so far in the American League Championship Series, with Game 3 just hours away as we post. It is scheduled to commence this evening, that of Monday, […]

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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 […]