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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 […]

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 […]

World Series: With Knuckleballer Wright Waiting in Wings, Boston Red Sox Face Los Angeles Dodgers

The first game of the World Series will be played on October 23 at 8:09 PM EST—and the Red Sox are in it, opposing the Los Angeles Dodgers after having bested the Houston Astros four games to one. The clincher against the Astros was played last Thursday, and much credit goes to “unlikely hero David […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright, On Mend, Will Likely Pitch Again This Season; PLUS: Life After Knuckleball for Dickey and Zink

Early in the 2017 season, Steven Wright had major knee surgery that kept him off the mound for the rest of the season. This year, although he got a late start, he lobbed his knuckleball excellently for several weeks before inflammation of that knee put him back on the disabled list. He is still out […]

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s Best First-Half Performance; PLUS: Kratz Knuckleball Is Back

A few days ago, R.A. Dickey’s breakout season was recalled in Kirk Meyer’s New York Daily News article “Best first-half performances by Yankees and Mets pitchers.” 2012: R.A. Dickey, Mets (12-1, 2.40 ERA, 123 strikeouts) Dickey caught lightning in a bottle with his knuckleball in 2012. At 38, Dickey peaked in June, when he threw […]

What Does the Hard-to-Catch Knuckleball Do to the Hitting of a Knuckleball Catcher?

Do knuckleball catchers have a harder time hitting during games in which they are also lunging for knuckleballs? TheRinger.com cites the experiences of catchers like Tyler Flowers (pictured) and Russell Martin to suggest why this may be. Each has caught knuckleballs for R.A. Dickey.  “It just kind of dawned on me one day that, like, ‘Man, I never seem […]

Wright On Point, So Far; PLUS: Pick Dickey Because “Knuckleballers are awesome.”

It’s looking good for knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox, who was knocked out of play last season by knee injury and surgery after participating in only a few games. Now he reports that after his first public pitching efforts of the year, he’s feeling cautiously optimistic—not yet up to par, but getting […]

Who Should Sign Knuckleball Pitcher R.A. Dickey? PLUS: Gamboa’s 100% Resolution

With R.A. Dickey not yet in the game this season—but also stressing that he has not yet officially retired—one may speculate about where the knuckleballer will wind up if he does join sign this year. Over at PressBox, an Orioles fan says let it be the Baltimore Orioles. Signing Dickey would be one of “three […]

Is Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution About the Knuckleball?

The beginning of a new year is as auspicious a time as any to take a fresh look your career, assets and potential and to ponder whether it makes sense to make a fundamental change. We like knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey’s blunt explanation, in a Q&A with Nubyjas Wilborn, of why he decided to specialize […]