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Mickey Jannis On Going All In with the Knuckleball: “I knew it was a long shot, but…”

Among the nominees for this year’s Rawlings Gold Glove Award were two Atlanta Braves: center fielder Ender Inciarte and pitcher R.A. Dickey, whose fate next season is still unknown (to us, anyway). Inciarte had won a Gold Glove in 2016 and Dickey had done so in 2013, a year after winning the Cy Young Award. […]

Braves Decline Option on Knuckleballer Dickey, Soon to Decide Whether to Retire

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves announced that they were declining their $8 million option on 42-year-old knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. According to the Associated Press, “Dickey was the Braves’ most consistent starter this season, going 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts. He said at the end of the season he will meet with […]

R.A. Dickey’s Born-Again Career As a Knuckleball Pitcher: “The old me died. But it was a good death…”

So says always-quotable R.A. Dickey to MDJ Online’s Nubyjas Wilborn, whose article on R.A. is brief but jam-packed. On Dickey’s giving up six homers with his first start as a knuckleball pitcher: “I still have nightmares about that game. I learned a lot…. [W]hen it’s on, it doesn’t matter if the ’27 Yankees are up there. I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dickey’s Knuckleball “moving a lot” in Braves 3-1 Win Against Phillies

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Dickey on Thursday held the Phillies to a season-low one run and three hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings. He also didn’t walk any batters for the first time in 12 starts, a significant development because Dickey blamed an unusually high walk percentage for much of […]