Poll


#1

Why dont more pitchers throw knuckleballs? Answer in poll! :stuck_out_tongue:


#2

I personally throw a knuck, it’s a good pitch I mean any pitch that can get someone out is a good pitch.

I’ll tell you what Charlie Hough once said to a reporter:
Reporter: "Why don’t more pitchers throw a knuckleball?"
Hough: “Well why don’t more pitchers throw 98 mph? Because it’s really hard to do.”

So it’s because it’s such a hard pitch to master and there’s not a lot known about it most of mastering a knuckleball is just seeing what works like a science project, it’s a trial and error pitch nobody throws it exactly the same way and I’m not kidding, in the video clips forum on the 3rd page I think there’s a vid of Wake, Dickey and Haeger they all throw it differently, motion , grip, everything. Look at old vids of the Niekros and Hough. Find a pic of Wilhelm’s or Wynn’s old grips.

A great knuckleball is one the deadliest weapons a pitcher can have albeit a rare one, the most successful at it was Hoyt Wilhelm his career era was somewhere in the low 2s I believe.

If you really want to learn more about the knuck I would be glad to talk to ya and tell you things that work for me and here’s a site you can go to.
www.knuckleballhq.com
go to the message boards and read up and if you have the money buy The Knucklebook by Dave Clark.


#3

I’ll just tell you I don’t throw one because I’ve never been able to do it, but there is no doubt that a good knuckleball is a great pitch to have.

I guess some people got it and some people dont and I just dont :frowning:


#4

That’s okay Zach bcz you will actually go somewhere throwing your heat and that dirty off speed stuff you got.


#5

Why don’t more pitchers throw the knuckleball?
Jim Brosnan, in his book “Pennant Race”, tells of a time when one of the extra players on the Cincinnati Reds came up to the dugout before a game holding a towel to his face. He uncovered a badly split lip, and when asked about it he snarled, "That d----d Purkey! He HAS to work on his knuckleball before the game!"
A good knuckleball is a pesky pitch to catch. Just ask any catcher who has had to work with a pitcher who throws it. It’s no wonder Paul Richards invented an oversize mitt just for that purpose.


#6

I’d say it is a tough pitch to control.


#7

I think alot of pitchers are overwhelmed by the knuckle.
It is hard to learn, afterall.