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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Again Knocked Out of Play; K.P. Wee Still Doesn’t Blame Knuckleballers

Steven Wright seems to be afflicted with the tribulations of Job. Well, nobody has it tougher than Job did. But Wright keeps getting knocked out of play just as he is getting in gear. It wasn’t easy for him to get into the MLB to begin with. Patience, persistence and the knuckleball enabled him to […]

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 […]

Knuckleballer and Dodger Charlie Hough Speaks; PLUS: Finding Your Slow and Gnarly Knuckleball

Jon Weisman, author of Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition, has published his interview with former Dodger Charlie Hough in the December 16 installment of the Word to the Weisman podcast. The half-hour interview includes much information that Weisman wasn’t able to use in the book. Hough was an active player from […]

As Red Sox Advance, Sox Manager Cora Ponders How Best to Use Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright

“One of the goals for Red Sox manager Alex Cora this coming week will be to bring Steven Wright out of the bullpen with runners on base to see how he responds,” reports Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Cora (pictured with Wright) wants to try it before October. The knuckleballer has thrown 10 scoreless […]

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 […]