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Knuckleball Pitcher R.A. Dickey Pursues a Braves Course; PLUS: Will Ohka Make His Way Back to the Big Leagues?

No, despite a Blue Jay manager’s tantalizing and maybe even a tad patronizing public suggestion that their knuckleballer might not be left off of the team’s 2017 roster after all (“We’re open to R.A. Dickey, even”), Dickey is not returning to the Toronto Blue Jays. And no, despite his own retrospective musing about the ups […]

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 […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm on Verge of (Another) Local Honor

Adding to many other honors (like the commemorative statue pictured, near  Huntersville Athletic Park), famed knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm (1922-2002) may soon get a park named after him in Cornelius, North Carolina. This is the spot where he first played baseball in high school and tried out his knuckleball. The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & […]

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 […]

Jays Keeping Knuckleball Catcher Thole, Rays Getting Knuckleball Pitcher Gamboa

The Toronto Blue Jays are holding onto Josh Thole, the catcher that R. A. Dickey loves to throw to. According to the Kelown Daily Courier: The club announced Thursday that the knuckleball specialist has been signed to a major-league contract. Thole elected to become a free agent on Tuesday night after clearing waivers. The 29-year-old […]

MLB Knuckleballers Wright and Dickey Continue to Dominate

Knuckleballs and MLB knuckleballers are getting an extra nod of acknowledgement in some quarters lately. That’s thanks to a streak of nifty pitching performances, especially from relative MLB newcomer Steven Wright—who until recently had been making an art form of zipping back and forth between the minors and the majors. So at xrepublic.com, colingreene exults […]

Knuckler R.A. Dickey Is Also on the Ball Lately

Things have gone well recently for the two regular MLB knuckleball pitchers. Steven Wright was our subject in our last couple of posts (here and here). Now back to Dickey. No doubt he is glad to be eliciting reportage like the following about last Friday’s Toronto Blue Jays v. Texas Rangers game, from Mr. RotoWire […]

The Best-laid Plans of Mice and Knuckleballer Fans

It was a good idea, knuckleballer versus knuckleballer. And it looked like it would happen on Saturday, April 9 thanks to a rain delay that had caused some shuffling of game schedules. Unfortunately, the projected pitting of Blue Jay R.A. Dickey against Red Sox Steven Wright itself got rain-delayed out of existence! It seems that […]

Battle of the knuckleballers

Knuckleballer Wright versus Knuckleballer Dickey Redux

We always like the doubly-rare drama of knuckleballer versus knuckleballer battles. And it looks like one such clash is “possible on Saturday,” as CBS Sports reports, thanks to a game delay for the Red Sox v. Indians. This possibility is also—Mike Axisa’s all-caps—IMPORTANT: Price’s second start will have to wait one extra day and Steven […]