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Getting Used to the Knuckleball—and the Ability of R.A. Dickey to Turn Things Around

Although the knuckleball takes some getting used to, reports Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Cunningham, Braves manager Brian Snitker is figuring it out with the help of Braves newcomer R.A. Dickey. When Dickey is on the mound managers, opposing batters and catchers accustomed to things going a certain way have to adjust their systems to process this […]

Knuckleball Pitching As a Team Effort

Knuckleball pitchers are the ones who pitch the knuckleball. They are the ones who are on the mound letting it loose. They also deserve the primary credit for choosing to make such a large change in their careers in order to stay in the game; for as we know, knucklers often adopt the knuckleball as […]

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 […]

Knuckleballers R.A. Dickey and Steven Wright Prepare for New Season

R.A. Dickey isn’t worried that his performance during an early March spring-practice game was “not sharp” (according to the Atlanta-Constitution’s David O’Brien). He feels good that despite feeling bad he got in a decent day’s work. “As far as my knuckleball is concerned, really the only hard-hit ball on that pitch came on, Dee Gordon […]

Braves, and Niekro, Anticipate a Season with R. A. Dickey Knuckleball

Veteran knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro—one of the few former pro baseball pitchers able to share firsthand insights about throwing the knuckleball with the few current pro knuckleball pitchers—is especially satisfied by the news that R.A. Dickey has joined the Atlanta Braves. Steve Hummer of the Tribune News Service reports: “It’s kind of special for me. […]

The Physiology and Psychology of the Knuckleballer

Nobody on his team knows yet whether Steven Wright, still recovering from a shoulder injury, will be getting back in the game before the season ends. But they know that a knuckleballer like Wright has a better chance of doing so than a regular pitcher. “We’re taking this day to day,” [Boston Red Sox] manager […]

Knuckleballs: Wright May Not Finish Season; Dickey May Finish Career

Although we have all wanted Steven Wright back on the mound soon, it seems there is a good chance he will miss the last days of the season. According to Jenn McCaffrey’s report at MassLive: The Red Sox had hoped Wright would begin a throwing program earlier this week, but that has been pushed back base on Wright’s […]

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, […]

Steven Wright Is Getting Back In the Knuckleball Groove

After mostly recovering from a minor injury, Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright was back in action last Friday against the Royals and “Feel[ing] Good One Day After Return to Mound,” reports John Tomase. It took a while for the pitcher to warm up, though. Wright’s outing didn’t go as planned. He allowed five runs […]