An Associated Press story at the time of Paige's signing said the right-hander primarily used seven pitches when he joined Cleveland: "a sidearm curve, a sidearm sinker, sidearm fastball and four overheads--speedball, curve, knuckler
and drop." His approach now focused less on velocity, and it was Negro leagues legend Cool Papa Bell who had taught him the knuckleball to give him another weapon.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots, including a diving stop on the doorstep to deny Penguins star Sidney Crosby shortly after Couturier's knuckler
put Philadelphia in front.
A four-seam fastball and the two-seamer, obviously, but also a split, a curve, a slider, a straight change, a cut fastball, a shuto, a knuckler
, a screwball, and an Eephus pitch.
His early-season success was one of the biggest stories in baseball, engendering a cover story ("Wizard with a Knuckler
") in the June 4 edition of Sports Illustrated.
Wright said he is learning to change speeds off the knuckler
Matter of fact, a knuckler
shouldn't be thrown hard, but then the ball don't travel as fast, either, you dig?
floats and dives and swings left or right unpredictably--even the pitcher who throws it isn't sure exactly what it will do.
But he turned around and threw such a perfect knuckler
you could count the seams on the ball."
"This issue is likely to be a white knuckler
that will go down to the wire," Danin said.
When one thinks disorientation, it's by and large assumed to be a known issue, the sort-of white knuckler
that makes your heart race.
Dean's stellar, fully voiced performance turns a good story into a "white knuckler
." He handles male and female voices as well as foreign accents with ease and makes the action scenes come alive.
'A bare knuckler
fighter but a gentle and very wise man'.