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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 […]

More on the Knuckleball Effect; Steven Wright’s Convalescence

Early in the year we asked whether there is a “knuckleball hangover” that afflicts batters who usually swing at conventional pitches. The idea is that they must suddenly reconfigure their way of being in order to contend with the knuckleball, and cannot instantaneously revert to their usual non-knuckleball mindset. Players themselves, even the very best, […]

“R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Dances” in “one of his best games of the year”; Plus: Focus

The headline quotes the judgment of New York Times reporter Tim Rohan about R.A. Dickey’s pitching last Thursday as a Toronto Blue Jay facing his old team the New York Mets. Dickey won 20 games and the Cy Young Award during his final year with the Mets, was then traded to the Blue Jays, and has not […]