New York Mets pitcher Todd Frazier broke out his knuckleball to pitch a perfect ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 19th. Frazier’s final pitch, a kuckleball, struck out Brave’s slugger Adam Duvall and was a clocked at 55.3 mph, the seventh-slowest strikeout pitch since 2008. Frazier was acquired by the Mets earlier this season in a trade with the Rangers and was slated to serve as a backup third baseman. However, with the Mets way behind in the ninth, manager Luis Rojas called upon Frazier and his knuckleball throwing ability to close out the game in dramatic fashion.
Incredibly, this was Frazier’s very first time pitching in his ten year big league career.
Video’s of Todd Frazier’s historic pitching performance can be seen found here.
Roger Angell, senior staff writer and editor for The New Yorker turned 100 on September 19th. Angell is renowned for his essays on baseball and numerous books on the nation’s past-time including A Pitcher’s Story: Innings with David Cone.
Angell was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals in 2010 and was named the 2014 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on December 10, 2013.