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Knuckleballer Wright Is Out in 2020, But Not Down; Wilbur Wood Remembers; Tim Wakefield’s Flameout With the Pittsburgh Pirates

It doesn’t look as if Steven Wright will have a chance to use his signature pitch during the 2020 season. In a lengthy article about Wright and prospects for the knuckleball, the Los Angeles Daily News reports: The most intriguing free agent in baseball isn’t being discussed on sports talk radio. You won’t read his […]

Washington Nationals, Who Gave J.D. Martin a Chance to Be a Knuckleball Pitcher, Win World Series

Last Wednesday, on October 30, the Washington Nationals won the World Series by defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7. But the home run that helped win the World Series—”The one that gave the Nationals the lead in Game 7 of their eventual 6-2 win over the Astros”—wasn’t “the greatest moment” of Howie Kendrick’s […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Jannis Is #6 on a Top-11 List; Steven Wright Is Released by Red Sox

Number Six on Steve Sypa’s list of 11 best Mets minor league pitchers this year is Mickey Jannis, the knuckleballer who recently improved his game with the help of a special camera to examine his pitching mechanics. Sypa stresses that he hasn’t seen every game and every pitcher who played in the Mets organization during […]

Knuckleball Pitcher and Memoirist Jim Bouton Dies; Knuckleball As Pattern Disrupter

Former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton, a knuckleballer and the author of Ball Four—a best-selling and controversial account of his life in baseball—died on July 10 at the age of 80. He had suffered a stroke in 2012. The Washington Post’s Matt Schudel reports: Mr. Bouton (pronounced BOUT-un) was a hard-throwing right-hander who won 21 games […]

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 […]

The General Manager’s Undiscovered Secret Weapon: the Knuckleball Pitcher

Knuckleball pitchers are undervalued—even though, once mastered, the knuckleball is devastatingly effective. In part because they are undervalued, knuckleball pitchers are rare. Few teams make the effort to cultivate them. A reliable knuckleballer is clearly an artist. But there is prejudice against the pitch at every level of baseball. The very existence of the knuckleball […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Prepares To Return To MLB

During  the last days of an 80-game suspension, Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox has been pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox. On June 9, MassLive reported that the game on that day, a Sunday, marked the “first minor league rehab game for Wright as he returns from suspension and offseason knee surgery.” He’s […]

May the Force Be with the Knuckleball and Minor-League Position Players Who Excel on the Mound with It

Last month, outfielder Blake Gailen with the Oklahoma City Dodgers displayed his knuckleball from the mound. The Oklahoman tells the tale in its April 15 story: It was supposed to be a last-ditch effort to survive the night. An inning, maybe two. It turned out to be so much more…. On a night where the […]