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Knuckleball Pitching As a Team Effort

Knuckleball pitchers are the ones who pitch the knuckleball. They are the ones who are on the mound letting it loose. They also deserve the primary credit for choosing to make such a large change in their careers in order to stay in the game; for as we know, knucklers often adopt the knuckleball as […]

Braves, and Niekro, Anticipate a Season with R. A. Dickey Knuckleball

Veteran knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro—one of the few former pro baseball pitchers able to share firsthand insights about throwing the knuckleball with the few current pro knuckleball pitchers—is especially satisfied by the news that R.A. Dickey has joined the Atlanta Braves. Steve Hummer of the Tribune News Service reports: “It’s kind of special for me. […]

Jays Keeping Knuckleball Catcher Thole, Rays Getting Knuckleball Pitcher Gamboa

The Toronto Blue Jays are holding onto Josh Thole, the catcher that R. A. Dickey loves to throw to. According to the Kelown Daily Courier: The club announced Thursday that the knuckleball specialist has been signed to a major-league contract. Thole elected to become a free agent on Tuesday night after clearing waivers. The 29-year-old […]

Can You Trust the Knuckleball?

Over at CSNNE.com, we have video of Dan Shaughnessy discussing Boston Red Sox pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright,” and letting us know that “I don’t trust” a knuckleball in big games. Would the American League All-Star faceoff count as a big game? Ken Rosenthal wants to know “Who would catch knuckleballer Steven Wright in the All-Star […]

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, […]

Remembering Knuckleballers Then and Now: Steven Wright, R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Charlie Hough, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, Wilbur Wood…

Nick Carfardo says that after 17 years “of Wakefield in Boston, we know our knuckleballers. Then again, they’re all different, so maybe we don’t know them.” Among the Dan Duquette accomplishments in his Boston tenure— which I forgot to mention in a profile I did last week in Sunday baseball notes—was landing Wakefield off the […]