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Thursday, June 24, 2021

As MLB cracks down on spin rates, Orioles bring Mickey Jannis and his knuckleball into the fray

Jannis first adopted the pitch himself in about 2012. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays as a conventional pitcher, he was released after the 2011 season and began an odyssey into independent ball, throwing the knuckleball to stand out. It eventually caught the attention of the New York Mets, whose system he pitched in from 2015 to 2019, never getting an opportunity in the majors.

He joined the Orioles ahead of the 2020 season but never got the chance to pitch for them with the minor league season canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. He spent the first couple of months this year with Norfolk. It was Triple-A manager Gary Kendall who called with Tuesday’s good news.

“I don’t think I can put it into words what it means,” Jannis said…

“Deep down, I always believed that I could pitch in the major leagues, and that’s why I never gave it up,” Jannis said. “I told my wife like as long as I feel like I have a chance to pitch in the major leagues like I want to pursue this dream. She was all for it, backing me up. My parents backed me up, my entire family, so it’s just pretty special.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2021 at 11:10 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 25, 2021 at 02:41 AM (#6026264)
spin rate: 0
   2. Belfry Bob Posted: June 25, 2021 at 10:58 AM (#6026291)
I was there for first (only?) appearance against the Astros, and I was really happy for him, especially after a 3-up, 3-down first inning. I turned to me wife, though, and said, 'if he comes back for another inning, they are going to kill him.' And they did. Still, he made it to The Show. Congrats, Mickey.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6026293)
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: June 25, 2021 at 11:04 AM (#6026294)
Rather than cracking down on individual pitchers they should allow a team as a whole to have some particular spin rate (on average). So for each Cole who is using the goop, you've got to roster a knuckleballer. Baseball would be way more fun.
   5. The Duke Posted: June 25, 2021 at 05:40 PM (#6026355)
Not for long - already DFA’d

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