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Rays of Hope for Knuckleballers like Eddie Gamboa, Etc.

The big news has been that Eddie Gamboa, who signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in January of this year, early this month got promoted to the MLB. The Baltimore Sun reports: Former Orioles farmhand Eddie Gamboa, who extended his career—and his dream of making the majors—by becoming a knuckleball pitcher, […]

Haeger and Niekro Want Eddie Gamboa to Get to the Next Level of Knuckleball

The New York Times has determined that despite its rarity, the knuckleball is not quite on the way out, especially in light of growing interest in the pitch over the last few years since a knuckleballer won the Cy Young Award (“As a Species, the Knuckleball Flutters but Survives”). Players to watch include Eddie Gamboa, […]

K.P. Wee’s New Book: Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer!

We concur! K.P. Wee, the stickler for correct statistics and other baseball details who wrote the book on knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti (yes, literally: Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs), has now come out with Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer! Baseball Legends, Myths, and Stories. The new book discusses Tommy Bridges, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Floyd […]

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 […]

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Hitting Knuckleball Not Enough, Sandoval Swipe Confirms; Plus: Dickey’s Early Knuckleball Tutorials

“Pablo Sandoval Swings at Knuckleball Above His Head, Makes Contact” is a story about giving in to temptation in a way that doesn’t pay: It’s not very difficult to tempt Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval to swing at a high pitch. And when you’re a knuckleball pitcher, it’s even easier. Toronto Blue Jays […]

Your Knuckleball May Add Years to Your Career

An effective knuckleball can both revive the career of a struggling baseball player and make it way more durable. The best knuckleball players have easily outdone most of their colleagues in the career-longevity department. For examples: Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, Tim Wakefield. Or Hoyt Wilhelm, our subject last week, […]

Coaching Career for Wakefield?…Dickey’s Next Move…the Knuckleball Path to Kellogg’s Baseball Cards…Name that “Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nicknamed Knucksie”

NY Sportsday reports that in an interview with David Cone, former Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield hinted that he might one day consider a job as a fulltime pitching coach. Asked if he harbored any interest in such a position, Wakefield was quick to shoot down the notion…but with an interesting qualifier. “No, no, […]

With Dickey About to Turn 40, Steven Wright, 30, Is “Just Warming Up”; Kind of Like That 19-Inning Sox-Yankees Game on Friday-Saturday

ESPN Red Sox Report’s Gordon Edes (“Knuckleballer Wright could play key role”) does the math re ratio of wins at 30 to total career wins (or career-so-far wins) for celebrated Phi Beta Knucklers. At 30, they’re just warming up. “I was 28, going on 29, when I first got here,” said Tim Wakefield, the most […]

Okay, Which One of You Guys Invented the Knuckleball?

We continue with our countdown commentary, complete with PTQ (probable truth quotient) scores, on Kean Doherty’s “10 Facts About the Knuckleball.” (The first part discussed the knuckleball’s rotation, why knuckleballers suffer less wear-and-tear of arm and shoulder, and what the knuckleball does in flight.) 7. “The Knuckleball Is No One Guy’s Invention.” Every major invention gets […]