Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back as a Starter, for Now; PLUS: Famed 45-year-old Knucklers

Comeback Kid Steven Wright, once again excelling as a knuckleball pitcher after a year away from baseball, will be serving as a starting pitcher at least for the moment. (See our last post, “Though Starting as a Reliever, Steven Wright May End as a Starter.”) WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Wright is getting a chance […]

Though Starting as a Reliever, Steven Wright May End as a Starter

Sports writers like MassLive’s Christopher Smith are wondering whether knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, recently back in play with the Boston Red Sox, will replace Drew Pomeranz as a starter. Reason: Pomeranz “continues to struggle.” And Wright is till pretty darn good. [T]he Red Sox have an usual situation with three starters (Wright, Brian Johnson and […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back on Red Sox Roster

After delays caused by injuries last year and other problems, Steven Wright will now be pitching again for the Boston Red Sox. Ricky Doyle at NESN.com reports: The Red Sox added the knuckleballer to their active major league roster before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. To make room, Boston placed right-hander Hector Velazquez […]

Josh Turley Evolves from Part-Time to Full-Time Knuckleball Pitcher

We reported early in 2016 that Josh Turley, now of the Toledo Mud Hens, was using the knuckleball as one of several pitches. At that time, pitching coach Mike Henneman was urging Turley to throw the knuckleball more often, advice he seems to have heeded. In a recent interview with Turley, the Toledo Blade asked when […]

Program Director Chris Nowlin training with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro

Chris Nowlin to Join Cleburne Railroaders; PLUS: Throwing the Power Knuckleball

IKA’s own Chris Nowlin has some good news. Posting on April 18, he announced: I’ve just finalized my contract for the 2018 season with the Cleburne Railroaders in the American Association. Cleburne is a suburb of Fort Worth and is in the southwest portion of the Greater Dallas Area. And it’s a great fit for the […]

What Does the Hard-to-Catch Knuckleball Do to the Hitting of a Knuckleball Catcher?

Do knuckleball catchers have a harder time hitting during games in which they are also lunging for knuckleballs? TheRinger.com cites the experiences of catchers like Tyler Flowers (pictured) and Russell Martin to suggest why this may be. Each has caught knuckleballs for R.A. Dickey.  “It just kind of dawned on me one day that, like, ‘Man, I never seem […]

Wright On Point, So Far; PLUS: Pick Dickey Because “Knuckleballers are awesome.”

It’s looking good for knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox, who was knocked out of play last season by knee injury and surgery after participating in only a few games. Now he reports that after his first public pitching efforts of the year, he’s feeling cautiously optimistic—not yet up to par, but getting […]

Ryan Feierabend and Phil Coke: Southpaw Knuckleballers Who Cross Cultures

Phil Coke, fresh from a year with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japan Pacific League, is “attempting a comeback as a knuckleballer,” according a to February tweet by SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. “Said to be intriguing teams with spin rate in bullpen sessions.” This statement was the occasion for puzzled or pretend-puzzled replies by other […]