by A.J. Coltrane
This looks like a fun watch:
On Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET “The Next Knuckler” will premier on MLB Network. The MLB Productions reality series will show just how difficult it is for even the best athletes to learn the knuckleball. Wakefield will teach the pitch to a group of former NCAA quarterbacks who will compete for an invitation to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks It’s an eclectic group: Doug Flutie (Boston College), John David Booty (USC), former major league infielder Josh Booty (LSU), David Greene (Georgia) and Ryan Perrilloux (LSU and Jacksonville State).
I’ll be recording that for sure.
I’m a little surprised that teams don’t run mass tryouts for knuckleball pitchers. What’s the worst thing that happens? A pitching coach and a couple of interns are out an afternoon? It seems like a really low-risk high-reward proposition. Heck, I’d go try out, and my arm makes weird noises when I try to throw overhand at this point!
Maybe that’s why teams don’t do it…hmmm.