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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Steven Wright’s Knuckler Still Impresses the Heck Out of Everybody

The knuckleball or “knuckle sandwich” of Steven Wright is “unhittable,” makes the batter look “silly,” baffles both him and “the laws of physics.” Yes, “Both Chris Davis and the laws of physics were baffled by this Steven Wright knuckleball,” suggests Chris Landers at MLB.com’s Cut4. We know that Steven Wright turned to the knuckleball as a […]

K.P. Wee’s New Book: Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer!

We concur! K.P. Wee, the stickler for correct statistics and other baseball details who wrote the book on knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti (yes, literally: Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs), has now come out with Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer! Baseball Legends, Myths, and Stories. The new book discusses Tommy Bridges, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Floyd […]

Your Knuckleball May Add Years to Your Career

An effective knuckleball can both revive the career of a struggling baseball player and make it way more durable. The best knuckleball players have easily outdone most of their colleagues in the career-longevity department. For examples: Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, Tim Wakefield. Or Hoyt Wilhelm, our subject last week, […]

With Dickey About to Turn 40, Steven Wright, 30, Is “Just Warming Up”; Kind of Like That 19-Inning Sox-Yankees Game on Friday-Saturday

ESPN Red Sox Report’s Gordon Edes (“Knuckleballer Wright could play key role”) does the math re ratio of wins at 30 to total career wins (or career-so-far wins) for celebrated Phi Beta Knucklers. At 30, they’re just warming up. “I was 28, going on 29, when I first got here,” said Tim Wakefield, the most […]