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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? 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 […]

Battle of the knuckleballers

Knuckleballer Wright versus Knuckleballer Dickey Redux

We always like the doubly-rare drama of knuckleballer versus knuckleballer battles. And it looks like one such clash is “possible on Saturday,” as CBS Sports reports, thanks to a game delay for the Red Sox v. Indians. This possibility is also—Mike Axisa’s all-caps—IMPORTANT: Price’s second start will have to wait one extra day and Steven […]

Knuckleball Catchers Martin, Butera: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Relax

Early last year, the locker room talk of Blue Jays player and knuckleball catcher Russell Martin and Blue Jays scout (and former knuckleball catcher) Sal Butera turned to the subtleties of catching it. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports recorded their thoughts (“The Art of Knuckleball Catching”). A few excerpts: MARTIN: Keeping the arm relaxed helps […]

Measuring Russell Martin; What Blue Jays Manager Gibbons Should Maybe Do with Knuckleball Pitcher R. A. Dickey

The extent to which Russell Martin has managed to conquer the knuckleball as a Blue Jays/Dickey catcher in 2015 is not the main topic of eeliott29’s post for BlueBirdBanter (“Russell Martin, worth every last penny”), but neither is it marginal. In 2015, Martin brought the tools that summoned him his lucrative contract and in turn saved the […]

Yankees Interrupt a Losing Streak to Block Dickey Career Win #100

R.A. Dickey was on the verge of his 100th career victory on Sunday, September 13th, when his team the Toronto Blue Jays went against the New York Yankees; but, sums up Jason Cohen of SB Nation, “the Yankees finally found their way to victory [5-0] just in time to stay 3.5 games out of first […]

As Opening Day Approaches, At Least One Reason to Watch the Toronto Blue Jays

Rob Neyer of Fox Sports offers three reasons to watch the Blue Jays this season. We’re naturally most interested in one of the three, the pitcher-centric rationale for keeping tabs on the team. Neyer regards R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle as the pitchers most likely to deliver interesting moments. In fact, if we’re making a list […]

Russell Martin Starts Reaching for Dickey’s Knuckleball

Not easy “but doable” is how Russell Martin—a good hitter and good catcher in possession of a good contract with the Toronto Blue Jays—characterizes the job of scooping R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball. As training with the Toronto Blue Jays began in earnest last week, Martin, Dickey, and interested observers said the start was auspicious, and expressed […]

Come Spring Training, R.A. Dickey and Russell Martin Will Work to Bond Knuckleball-wise

The Toronto Blue Jays have got themselves a new star catcher who is also a star hitter: Russell Martin. And the question is how consummately he will be able to catch R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball. As we noted—or, more precisely, as J.P. Arencibia and Gregg Zaun noted—in our last post, catching the pitch requires some reconfiguration […]