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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 Prepares To Return To MLB

During  the last days of an 80-game suspension, Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox has been pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox. On June 9, MassLive reported that the game on that day, a Sunday, marked the “first minor league rehab game for Wright as he returns from suspension and offseason knee surgery.” He’s […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Wright Has Knee Surgery; Physics of Pitching; Stephen Darst, Has-Been Knuckleballer at 13

Last month, Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright had to sit out the World Series (the Sox won) because his left knee was acting up again. MassLive reported that on November 12 he “underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement…at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Riley Williams performed the procedure.” The Red […]

Boston Red Sox Enjoy 3-1 Lead Over Los Angeles Dodgers In World Series; UPDATE: Make It 4-1, the Sox Have Won the World Series

On Saturday, October 27, the Boston Red Sox erased a “four-run deficit to win Game 4” of the World Series. Things had looked pretty bad after the sixth inning, with the Dodgers leading 4-0. “One night after playing 18 innings in Game 3,” write Mike Axisa and R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports, “the Red Sox […]

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 […]

New Knee Trouble for Knuckleball Pitcher Wright as Sox Battle Yankees; PLUS: Remembering Wilbur Wood, Eddie Fisher

His left knee is once again afflicting ace Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, and it will keep him off the mound for now. He had knee surgery last year. On October 6, Bill Koch of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (“Knee pain re-emergence ends knuckleballer Steven Wright’s season”) reported: Alex Cora was confronted with some […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright: “Most Crucial Postseason Weapon”?

CLNS Media Network’s Nick Quaglia discusses the prospective postseason role of Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, whom Quaglia believes to be the “Most Crucial Postseason Weapon” of the Sox. Despite the team’s success, some people have been worried about the bullpen. One question: who can best fill the gap between starter and closer? Quaglia […]

As Red Sox Advance, Sox Manager Cora Ponders How Best to Use Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright

“One of the goals for Red Sox manager Alex Cora this coming week will be to bring Steven Wright out of the bullpen with runners on base to see how he responds,” reports Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Cora (pictured with Wright) wants to try it before October. The knuckleballer has thrown 10 scoreless […]

In Scoreless Ninth, Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Picks Up Save Against Mets

A Rotoworld item notes Steven Wright’s performance in the Sox’s September 16 game against the New York Mets. The knuckleball pitcher pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save against the Mets on Sunday. Wright walked one and struck out one… Wright was able to get his work in and also pick up […]