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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball legacy

Steven Wright’s three-year quest to get knuckleball tips directly from New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey finally materialized during spring training through a chance encounter.

Wright, a minor league pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, was playing alone at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz., where his wife, Shannon, works, after having returned from winter ball, when he met another solo golfer and struck up a conversation. That man, Kirby Arnold, a retired sportswriter for the Everett (Wash.) Herald, formerly covered the Seattle Mariners and had maintained a relationship with Dickey.

Arnold set up an email exchange between Dickey and Wright, which led to an hour-long spring training tutorial by phone. Now, the 27-year-old Wright scrutinizes each of Dickey’s outings on a laptop from the Double-A Akron Aeros clubhouse, and is on a path toward becoming the second active knuckleballer in the majors….

A survey of the 30 major league organizations found only two active knuckleballers besides Dickey—Wright and Chicago Cubs farmhand Joe Zeller, who was transferred to Class A Boise last week, from Daytona in the Florida State League.

Why does RA Dickey park on a driveway, but drive on a parkway?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, indians, knuckleballers, mets, prospects, r.a. dickey

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: June 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM (#4167250)
Of the 1,188 knuckleballs thrown in the majors this season, 1,186 have been delivered by Dickey. (The other two? Those came from Kansas City Royals outfielder Mitch Maier, during an April 15 mop-up appearance against the Indians, according to ESPN Stats & Information.)


So there are two active knuckleballers!

The article says that Wright's fastball touches 90, and he also has a sinker and a cutter and throws his knuckleball 65 to 85 percent of the time. So he's more a Tom Candiotti-type than a pure knuckleballer.

   2. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: June 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM (#4167281)
Man, I hope he pitches for 15 more years. We need an elder statesman knuckler to teach all the young Adonises a thing or two about a thing or two.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM (#4167382)
I was hoping it was Steven Wright, the comedian

"some people are afraid of heights..I'm afraid of widths"
   4. AndrewJ Posted: June 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4167384)
"I bought some instant water, but I didn't know what to add to it."

"The ice cream truck in my neighborhood plays 'Helter Skelter.'"

"A friend of mine has a trophy wife, but apparently it wasn't first place."
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM (#4167389)
I went to the 7-11 and the guy was closing up, and I said "your sign says 'open 24 hours' and he said "not in a ROW"
   6. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: June 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM (#4167408)
Why do they call them apartments when they're all together?

Why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?
   7. Bhaakon Posted: June 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM (#4167469)
Why do we park in the driveway


Because you're too lazy to clean out your garage?

and drive on the parkway?


Because it goes through a park.
   8. boteman Posted: June 27, 2012 at 06:12 AM (#4167475)
Steven Wright, a minor league pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, was playing alone at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz...when he met another solo golfer and struck up a conversation.

"I bet you slice into the woods, a hundred bucks!"
   9. Bug Selig Posted: June 27, 2012 at 07:02 AM (#4167477)
Wright, a minor league pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, was playing alone at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz., where his wife, Shannon, works, after having returned from winter ball, when he met another solo golfer and struck up a conversation.


WTF was his wife doing playing winter ball?
   10. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:03 AM (#4167495)
Every morning I wake up and make instant coffee, and then I drink it so I can have enough energy to make the regular coffee.
   11. AndrewJ Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:05 AM (#4167496)
Steven Wright the comedian appeared in HBO's Curse of the Bambino documentary; he's a Boston-area native.
   12. Cris E Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:05 AM (#4167497)
I just drove across the country with a friend. We took turns driving. We changed places every two miles. We only had one cassette. I forget what it was...
   13. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4167498)
The other day a friend pointed out that I was wearing 2 different colored socks. I said yes, but I go by thickness.
   14. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:10 AM (#4167499)
I spilled spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.
   15. dave h Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:19 AM (#4167506)
What's another word for thesaurus?
   16. boteman Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4167624)
All toilets stolen from police station. Cops have nothing to go on.
   17. slothinator Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4167630)
And the cop says "didn't you see the stop sign?".

And I said "yes, but I don't believe everything I read".
   18. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4167638)
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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