Dickey’s Knuckleball “moving a lot” in Braves 3-1 Win Against Phillies

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Dickey on Thursday held the Phillies to a season-low one run and three hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings. He also didn’t walk any batters for the first time in 12 starts, a significant development because Dickey blamed an unusually high walk percentage for much of […]

Part-Knuckleball Pitcher Claire Eccles Joins Male Baseball Team

The knuckleballer club is small to begin with. Even smaller is the club of female knuckleball pitchers who play competitively with and against men. We’ve talked about the young American knuckleballer Chelsea Baker (for example, here and here and here), who has impressed teammates and opponents with her knuckleball in many games where she was […]

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 […]

Is the Knuckleball Sorcery?

The late science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once famously suggested that sufficiently advanced technology is “indistinguishable from magic,” presumably if and when the whys and wherefores of the technology are not understood. Perhaps, then, the dictum should instead be that baffling complexity is indistinguishable from magic. In this form, would Clarke’s principle apply to […]

Program Director Chris Nowlin training with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro

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 […]

Kurt Suzuki Is Catching On About Catching the Knuckleball

Kurt Suzuki had never before worked with a knuckleball pitcher when he joined the Atlanta Braves as a catcher around the same time that knuckleball catcher R.A. Dickey was also signing on. But Suzuki tells the Macon Telegraph’s Ron Siebel that he’s getting the hang of it. During spring training, Suzuki worked with Dickey, going […]

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 […]