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Jannis on How He and His Knuckleball Got from There to Here; PLUS: the Benefits of Being Yourself

Persistent knuckleball pitcher Mickey Jannis has published a few more installments of “A Knuckleballer’s Journey” at MetsMerizedOnline. There are four in the series now. In order: Part 1, published January 8. My dad, Nick Jannis, was a baseball coach, and almost from the day I was born he introduced me to America’s pastime…. My college […]

Steven Wright, Again on Disabled List, May Rebound Soon; PLUS: The Jannis Trajectory; and a Position Player Wins While Trying Out His Knuckleball

Not long after our last post about the knuckleballer, Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox was placed on the ten-day disabled list, for the second time this season. The problem was inflammation of his left knee. Wright had been knocked out of play for most of the 2017 season by knee trouble, which required […]

Mickey Jannis on Messing Around with the Knuckleball

Sports writer Rob Piersall of MetsMerizedOnline.com recently got a chance to talk to Mickey Jannis (profiled a little earlier at MLB.com/Cut4). Jannis decided to become a fulltime knuckleball pitcher in 2012, after two seasons in the minors with the Tampa Bay Rays. Piersall: How did you come to throw the knuckleball and what is the […]

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. […]

Pitcher Mickey Jannis: “With the knuckleball there’s no age limit, so I knew I always had a shot.”

One up-and-coming knuckleballer we’re keeping an eye on is Mickey Jannis, whom we posted about a couple of times in June—first about a near-no-hitter he pitched with the Ducks against York Revolution, then about his 2012 switch to full-time knuckleballer. After Jannis signed with the Mets organization later this summer, he told ESPN’s Adam Rubin […]

Chris Nowlin On the Coming Knuckleball Revolution; New Steven Wright Injury

Chris Nowlin—whose Knuckleball Nation training seminars are the subject of a Wall Street Journal profile (reprinted at Chris’s web site)—responds to Howard Rich’s July 3 post suggesting that teams pursue a strategy “that exploits skilled knuckleballers, who are often best deployed as relief pitchers.” Chris says: I agree wholeheartedly with “The General Manager’s Undiscovered Secret […]

Remembering the Knuckleball in 2018 and 1959

At overthemonster.com, Matt Collins reflects on Steven Wright’s 2018, a rough year for the knuckleball pitcher. Wright was late starting the season and then twice got knocked out of play when a knee injury from the previous year flared up. But there was  “some solid pitching in between” the gaps. On the field, Steven Wright […]

In Scoreless Ninth, Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Picks Up Save Against Mets

A Rotoworld item notes Steven Wright’s performance in the Sox’s September 16 game against the New York Mets. The knuckleball pitcher pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save against the Mets on Sunday. Wright walked one and struck out one… Wright was able to get his work in and also pick up […]