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Chris Nowlin on Finding Your Own Personal Knuckleball

In a recent post at his Knuckleball Nation site, IKA’s Chris Nowlin (bio here) suggests that which of various equally effective knuckleball grips you adopt depends on personal “feel” that can’t be determined by formula—and also depends on how short you cut your fingernails. Once you’ve reduced any variables and put yourself into position to […]

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 […]

Knuckleballers Coach Pitching Coaches; Wright, Dickey Top Nasty-Pitch GIF List

Knuckleballers Steven Wright (#35) and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield (the suit) have been coaching pitching coach Carl Willis, who joined the Red Sox team in the middle of last season. As manager John Farrell recalls “with a chuckle,” coaching assistance from the coachee seems to be normal when a coach suddenly must contend with so different […]

What Wright Gets Right; Chris Nowlin on Reducing Knuckleball Spin

Up-and-coming knuckleballer Steven Wright has often been compared to his predecessor in the Red Sox organization, longtime knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield (for example, by Chris Smith, as we noted in our May 31 and May 18 posts). At Baseball Prospectus, Ryan Morrison (“How Steven Wright Is Righting the Ship”) begins by comparing the two players—well, […]

Should R.A. Dickey Throw the Knuckleball More Often?

What ratio of knuckleballs to secondary pitch has the best chance of rebuffing batters before they can get on base? At FiveThirtyEight, Neil Paine argues that R.A. Dickey may be under-exploiting his top pitch, the knuckleball—even though close to nine out of ten of his pitches are knuckleballs. His headline is certain about it: “Game […]