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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Rays debut the first of their new stockpile of knuckleball pitchers

I love knuckleballers.

Friday night’s game between the Blue Jays and Rays was notable for two reasons. One, it marked the return of Alex Cobb, back after missing more than a season and a half due to Tommy John surgery. Second, it represented the debut of the majors’ newest knuckleballer: Eddie Gamboa.

Gamboa, a 31-year-old who converted to knuckling a few years back on a whim, had been recalled last season by the Orioles, but failed to appear in a game. That changed on Friday, obviously, as he faced four batters, walking two, allowing a hit, and striking out Michael Saunders on—what else—a knuckleball….

The Rays spent the winter stocking up on knuckleballers, even hiring former big-leaguer Charlie Haeger as a pitching coordinator. It seems as though the organization is intent on testing whether the wind-free Tropicana Field is the idyllic butterfly garden it’s made out to be.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
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