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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 Is Back In Play

Several days ago we were seeing reports that good news was coming for knuckleballer Steven Wright, who had been away from the mound for several weeks because of trouble with his knee. Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright is expected to come off the disabled list and join the team Saturday, manager Alex Cora said…. “Steven […]

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 […]

Chris Nowlin of Knuckleball Nation Introduces Social Network

Knuckleball Nation, the web site and organization of IKA’s Chris Nowlin (shown above with R.A. Dickey), has introduced a social feature called the Knuckleball Network, and announced a related feature focusing on the achievements of knuckleball pitchers, the Scoreboard (forthcoming). The Knuckleball Network is a social network for knuckleball pitchers, parents and coaches available only […]

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 […]

What Wright Gets Right; Chris Nowlin on Reducing Knuckleball Spin

Up-and-coming knuckleballer Steven Wright has often been compared to his predecessor in the Red Sox organization, longtime knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield (for example, by Chris Smith, as we noted in our May 31 and May 18 posts). At Baseball Prospectus, Ryan Morrison (“How Steven Wright Is Righting the Ship”) begins by comparing the two players—well, […]

Late-Blooming Knuckleballers, Part Three

R.A. Dickey, the subject of our previous post on late-blooming knuckleballers, is only the most prominent of today’s knuckleball pitchers, including those who decided to specialize in it only after having already put in a few years of pro ball. (Which is, after all, the typical knuckleballer path. Few start out in pro baseball determined […]