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Knuckleballers Gamboa, Worth, Wright in Mexico, Michigan, Ohio

What has knuckleball pitcher Eddie Gamboa been up to lately? According to a photo caption at jeanfruthimages.com, last week he delivered a fifth-inning pitch in the late afternoon sunlight…and earned the win, as Mexico cruised to a 9-3 victory over Cuba. Mexico, who lost in the Series finals to Cuba last year, has won its […]

R.A. Dickey’s Knuckle(ball) Sandwich; Gamboa Update

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was in good form during a September 2 game against the Cleveland Indians, over whom the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1. According to AP’s Ian Harrison: Dickey pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, Donaldson had three hits and the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1… Dickey (10-10) threw 92 pitches, […]

Orioles Manager Showalter Compares Gamboa to Dickey; Sox Manager Farrell Compares Wright to Wakefield

Our last post reported that according to commentators like Rich Dubroff and Peter Schmuck, Eddie Gamboa needs to commit more fully to the knuckleball if he is to be all the knuckleballer he can be. It’s only fair as counterpoint to enlist Orioles manager Buck Showalter on the question of Gamboa’s progress. At the beginning […]

Throwing and Catching the Knuckleball: Gamboa, Thole

Is Eddie Gamboa a true-blue knuckleballer? And must he knuckle down with the knuckleball to enjoy the best chances of success? Gamboa isn’t a “pure” knuckleballer, opines Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff. He throws the knuckler about half the time, and the other half throws his other three pitches: fastball, cutter and changeup. “I’m just trying […]

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 […]

Knuckleballers Gear Up for 2014

Zach Clark, 30, Baltimore Orioles organization. “I got to the big leagues. I want to stay there. And conventionally, I’d probably have to be at my best all the time for that to be a likely scenario. With the knuckleball, maybe it takes me a little while to figure it out, but my career could […]