With all the free time due to not having a new MLB season to follow, I was thinking back to baseball past. Things like the sacrifice bunt, the importance of the RBI and the fun that Knuckleball pitchers brought to the game. This led to try and find if there were any Knuckleball pitchers still baffling hitters in the big leagues.
According to an article last summer in the Washington post (https://www.washingt...y-going-extinct) Steven Wright of the Red Sox was the only active Knuckleballer in the big leagues last season.
The article talks about the steady decline of Knuckleballers over the past dozen years, and the likely reasons why.
I'm wondering how the T.D. Universe feels about Knuckleballers.
Who was your favorite Knuckleballer? (Mine is Wilbur Wood - He averaged more than 350 innings a season from 1971-73, with an ungodly 376.2 inning pitched in 1972. In 1973 he would become the first pitcher since Walter Johnson to win and lose 20 games in the same season, with a 24-20 mark.)
Did you like the craziness that often came went a Knuckleballer pitched?
How would Knuckleballers fair today with the hitting emphasis on Launch Angle, Exit Velocity, etc.?