Baseball returns next week; Nike scientists invent “knuckleball free” ball (for soccer).

Better late than never.  Major League Baseball is set to return next week after delaying opening day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The abbreviated 60-day season will kick off July 23rd with the New York Yankees facing the current world champion Washington Nationals. The Yankees Gerrit Cole is scheduled to face off against Nats’ […]

Play Ball? MLB Plans for 60 Game Season

Major League Baseball plans to play a sixty game season after months of delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Per CNN: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” league commissioner Rob Manfred said in a news release. “We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to […]

MLB Season Is Delayed Because of Novel Coronavirus; Knuckleballer Jannis Joins Orioles Organization; New Hoyt Wilhelm Web Site

Although spring training had already gotten underway, major league and minor league baseball officials have canceled the training and have delayed the baseball season in order to help to limit the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has now declared to be a full-blown pandemic. (WHO defines a pandemic as “the worldwide spread […]

Knuckleball Memories: Gene Bearden, Phil Niekro, Hoyt Wilhelm

OnlyInArk is publishing a four-part series on Arkansan ball players who became MLB pitching stars in the 1940s, and on January 2 the second to be featured was knuckleball pitcher Gene Bearden, “World Series Hero” as a Cleveland Indian in 1948. Like many knuckleballers, Bearden didn’t start out as a knuckleballer. Although he was not […]

Knuckleballer Wright Is Out in 2020, But Not Down; Wilbur Wood Remembers; Tim Wakefield’s Flameout With the Pittsburgh Pirates

It doesn’t look as if Steven Wright will have a chance to use his signature pitch during the 2020 season. In a lengthy article about Wright and prospects for the knuckleball, the Los Angeles Daily News reports: The most intriguing free agent in baseball isn’t being discussed on sports talk radio. You won’t read his […]

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 […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Jannis Is #6 on a Top-11 List; Steven Wright Is Released by Red Sox

Number Six on Steve Sypa’s list of 11 best Mets minor league pitchers this year is Mickey Jannis, the knuckleballer who recently improved his game with the help of a special camera to examine his pitching mechanics. Sypa stresses that he hasn’t seen every game and every pitcher who played in the Mets organization during […]

Knuckleball Pitcher and Memoirist Jim Bouton Dies; Knuckleball As Pattern Disrupter

Former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton, a knuckleballer and the author of Ball Four—a best-selling and controversial account of his life in baseball—died on July 10 at the age of 80. He had suffered a stroke in 2012. The Washington Post’s Matt Schudel reports: Mr. Bouton (pronounced BOUT-un) was a hard-throwing right-hander who won 21 games […]

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 […]