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Old 12-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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A really cool slow motion GIF of a knuckleball being thrown by R.A.Dickey. The batter never had a chance, even the catcher has a bit of a hard time with it. A Mesmerizing GIF Of R.A. Dickey's Knuckleball - Business Insider
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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Amazing. I remember watching Johnny Carson one night when baseball catcher Bob Uecker was on and asked how did he catch a knuckleball, "the best way to catch a knuckleball was to wait until it stopped rolling and pick it up".
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I remember when R.A. first started throwing the knuckleball when he was with the Rangers. It was a work in progress back then, but what a flutter ball it is now, assume!
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Wow.
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Watched an interview a few weeks back with R.A. Dickey. He mentioned that his knuckleball is different than from most knuckleball pitchers in that it travels faster which gives batters less reaction time as the ball is doing the dipsy-do. (He didn't say dipsy-do, I added that in).
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INCREDIBLE movement on that pitch. HOLY POO-POO
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Amazing. No topspin or backspin, and nearly two complete clockwise revolutions.

The batter looked pretty mesmerized, too. I'd like to see his expression after the third strike...
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I watched Charlie Hough pitch for for the Rangers several times over the years. It was often ugly, but when the knuckler was working, it was just as ugly for the batters.
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And the very best part of it is he's throwing for the Jays now... : o )
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Thought some of you might be interested in this Dickey interview.. he subscribes to LBYM !

""After years of nomadic tours through the minors, with his family sleeping on air mattresses in dingy apartments, Dickey is suddenly a rich man, having signed a contract worth a guaranteed US$30-million with the Blue Jays. He vows to use his newfound wealth in ways consistent with his principles.

“My wife and I have tried to live below our means,” he said. “Coming into it later with more experience as a human being, and having an outlook on life that might be different than one you would’ve had when you were younger, really helps to prioritize those kinds of things financially."

Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey brings Zen-like approach, philanthropy to Toronto | MLB | Sports | National Post
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This makes me wonder:

What percentage of big league pitchers have a knuckleball?

Why don't more pitchers have one?

P.S. I used to be a big baseball fan in my teens but don't watch that much nowadays. So I'm not up on this stuff.
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This makes me wonder:

What percentage of big league pitchers have a knuckleball?

Why don't more pitchers have one?

P.S. I used to be a big baseball fan in my teens but don't watch that much nowadays. So I'm not up on this stuff.
I think Dickey is the only current one, Wakefield was the other and he retired.
The pitch is really hard to master and throw accurately.
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