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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MLB.com: A Canadian knuckleballer will be the first woman to play in the collegiate West Coast League

Claire Eccles, at just 19 years old, has already pitched in two Women’s Baseball World Cups and the 2015 Pan-Am Games. Now, the Canadian knuckleballer will become the first woman to play in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league ...

“Ichiro has always been my favourite player because I’m half-Japanese and grew up watching the Mariners. They were the closest team to where I live. I also admire all the skill he has since he isn’t the biggest or strongest player in the league. Derek Jeter for sure because he is just iconic. Also, Randy Johnson because he was a lefty and so am I.”

If she has the bat control of Ichiro, the arm of Randy Johnson, and the calm eyes of Derek Jeter, she might really go places.

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 17, 2017 at 12:54 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: canada, college summer leagues, knuckleballers, women in baseball

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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: May 17, 2017 at 09:15 AM (#5457273)
She came from Planet Claire...
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 17, 2017 at 11:09 AM (#5457343)
She might be able to play in the West Coast League, but by God, a Canadian will never be able to compete in the big leagues.
   3. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: May 17, 2017 at 12:26 PM (#5457443)
Video of her throwing in this article.
   4. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM (#5457447)
Is that a foreign substance on the ends of her fingers? But seriously, I suppose she can't wear nail polish on the mound in an actual game.
   5. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2017 at 01:17 PM (#5457511)
Have there been many lefty knuckleballers? Off the top of my head most of the ones I come up with are right-handed.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: May 17, 2017 at 01:53 PM (#5457557)
Wilbur Wood.
   7. RJ in TO Posted: May 17, 2017 at 02:06 PM (#5457577)
Have there been many lefty knuckleballers? Off the top of my head most of the ones I come up with are right-handed.
A useful list.

Of the lefty knucklers, the best known are probably Wood and Bearden.
   8. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2017 at 02:41 PM (#5457617)
Of the lefty knucklers, the best known are probably Wood and Bearden.



I actually never knew Wilbur Wood was a lefty. I've always thought he had an interesting career, but I guess I never spent much time looking at his bio/physical details on his B-Ref page!
   9. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2017 at 02:42 PM (#5457619)
Hmm, I proved too stupid to edit out my original stupidity and ended up with a double post.
   10. bigglou115 Posted: May 17, 2017 at 02:52 PM (#5457631)
I've kind of wondered about the idea of a female knuckleballer. A lot of people took it as a relatively obvious path for a woman because of the velocity, but I always wondered if a woman could get the knuckle effect while throwing at a high enough effort to get MLB knuckleball velocity, basically since there's some agreement a woman would probably top out in the 80s that a pitch in the 70 mph range might be too high effort for her to reduce the spin. The article linked in #3 states she's throwing in the mid 70s, but I suspect that's her fastball, but that could leave her knuckler in the 60s which I think was what Wakefield threw at a lot so we might have a legit contender on our hands.
   11. gef the talking mongoose Posted: May 17, 2017 at 02:57 PM (#5457637)
A useful list.

Of the lefty knucklers, the best known are probably Wood and Bearden.


Neat list. For whatever reason I never realized Bearden was a knuckleballer, though of course he was before my time. Same with Bruce Dal Canton, who was not before my time.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: May 17, 2017 at 03:12 PM (#5457652)
The article linked in #3 states she's throwing in the mid 70s, but I suspect that's her fastball, but that could leave her knuckler in the 60s which I think was what Wakefield threw at a lot so we might have a legit contender on our hands.


And the lefty part helps too, as it gives her a little better chance to keep the running game in check - an obvious issue for all knuckleball pitchers. I hope she's got a spectacular balk move.

Hell, if nothing else, she could be the world's first KLOOGL.

(Knuckeballing Lefthanded One Out Gal).

   13. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2017 at 03:19 PM (#5457663)
And the lefty part helps too, as it gives her a little better chance to keep the running game in check - an obvious issue for all knuckleball pitchers. I hope she's got a spectacular balk move.

One of the odd things about R.A. Dickey is that he always seemed to control the running game very well. I'd be curious to see how he compares to other pitchers on allowing SB.
   14. Cargo Cultist Posted: May 17, 2017 at 07:04 PM (#5457928)
Not this **** again.
   15. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 17, 2017 at 10:14 PM (#5458074)
Yeah, get back in the kitchen, girlie.
   16. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 06:21 AM (#5458162)
"My knuckles are against my balls all the time, nobody is writing an article about me."

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