Behold the absolute mind-bogglery of a knuckleball in flight

MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey* slings an erratic knuckleball pitch, posing a challenge for batter and catcher alike. The ball has been colorized to highlight its almost total lack of spin, which usually serves to stabilize the ball's trajectory. » 1/05/14 10:17am 1/05/14 10:17am

The Toronto Blue Jays Are Out Of The AL East Basement, Barely

The Blue Jays were so far south of their preseason projections that even after a 10-game winning streak they're still the most disappointing team in baseball this season. But! After a wild 11-day charge, they've gone from 12 games back in the AL East to 6.5 back. They're now above .500 for the first time since last… » 6/22/13 9:39pm 6/22/13 9:39pm

Will Middlebrooks Had Himself An Afternoon In Toronto

Will Middlebrooks beat the Blue Jays 4-0 on the strength of a three-home run, four-hit afternoon. His second shot, a two-run homer off starter R.A. Dickey in the fifth, was an absolute bomb. » 4/07/13 6:15pm 4/07/13 6:15pm

Google Translating World Baseball Classic Coverage: "The Shortstop,…

Last night, the U.S. played its first game in this year's World Baseball Classic, and we learned a number of things: 1. America's official language is English, 2. The best the U.S. can do for an ace in an international competition is a kuckle-balling 38-year old, and 3. "With people on the pads, Luis Cruz drove the… » 3/09/13 12:15pm 3/09/13 12:15pm

Here's R.A Dickey's Farewell Letter, In Case Any Mets Fans Were In The…

R.A. Dickey wrote a farewell letter to Mets fans this weekend, just as they always dreamed he would (it's in the Daily News instead of under their pillows, but you take what you can get), in which he thanked everyone from his old teammates to the head groundskeeper at Citi Field. » 12/23/12 7:20pm 12/23/12 7:20pm

Goodbye, Sweet Prince: Reports Say The Mets Have Agreed To Trade R.A.…

As has been rumored, wailed about, argued over, and mourned for a few days—and really, since Dickey became valuable enough to strain the finances of the destitute Mets—R.A Dickey is now, officially, almost definitely headed out of New York. » 12/16/12 1:48pm 12/16/12 1:48pm

The Mets Are Reportedly Planning To Trade R.A. Dickey Because They're…

Another year, another superlative Met apparently departing because of ownership's cheapness. Last year it was Jose Reyes, Flushing's fan favorite, who high-tailed it to Miami after winning the National League batting title. This year, to hear ESPN (and others tell it), it's R.A. Dickey, the reigning Cy Young Award… » 12/14/12 4:45pm 12/14/12 4:45pm

The Mets Are Lowballing R.A. Dickey While He Works Their Christmas Party

Knuckleballing Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award in 2012. One presumes you read about his triumphs in this space once or twice. » 12/11/12 11:40am 12/11/12 11:40am

A $7,500 Charitable Donation Could Get You A Pitching Lesson With R.A.…

Want to learn how to throw a knuckleball from presumptive Cy Young Award-winner R.A. Dickey? Of course you do! And now you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance. All it will cost you is several thousand dollars to charity. Here's what you get: » 10/31/12 1:08am 10/31/12 1:08am

What The Best Pitcher In Baseball Taught Me About Prep School,…

At my old high school, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, there is a large multi-purpose hall with high ceilings. The hall features large hanging glass panels that extend nearly from the ceiling to the floor, engraved with famous quotations and the image of the speaker. I remember two of the panels: one of… » 10/10/12 10:15am 10/10/12 10:15am

When Good Statistics Go Bad: The Case Against The Case Against R.A.…

R.A. Dickey, objectively speaking, is the greatest human being in history. His knuckleball destroys cities and he climbed a huge fucking mountain. But should he win the Cy Young Award? » 9/28/12 2:15pm 9/28/12 2:15pm

Seven Years After Getting Concussed By The First Pitch He Saw, Adam…

Adam Greenberg's career slash line is .000/1.000/.000. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg made his debut with the Chicago Cubs when he entered a game against the Marlins as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. His major league debut ended abruptly, though, when Valerio de los Santos's first pitch, a 92-mph fastball, hit… » 9/27/12 12:50pm 9/27/12 12:50pm

Here's A Sneak Peek At A New Documentary On Knuckleball Pitchers

R.A. Dickey is one of the best stories in baseball this year, partly due to his singular, newfound success and the fact that he's doing it in a way different from every single other big league pitcher. As fate would have it, documentarians Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern shadowed Dickey and Tim Wakefield's journey… » 8/22/12 11:20pm 8/22/12 11:20pm

R.A. Dickey Saved The All-Star Game's Ratings

"Tony La Russa's decision not to start R.A. Dickey in Tuesday's All-Star Game turned out to be a good one for Fox. Ratings for the telecast peaked at a 9.0 between 10 p.m.-10:15 p.m. when the Mets knuckler entered the game in the sixth inning." R.A. Dickey: still the best. [NYDN] » 7/11/12 6:00pm 7/11/12 6:00pm

How R.A. Dickey Fixed His Own Glitches And Found One In Baseball

Before the 2012 season started, Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey published his memoir, Wherever I Wind Up. It was the best baseball book I'd read in ages. And now that literary surprise dovetails with a baseball one: Dickey, after back-to-back one-hitters, is pitching better than anyone else in baseball. » 6/19/12 6:45pm 6/19/12 6:45pm

On Errors, Human Error, And R.A. Dickey's Maybe-Hitter [UPDATE]

Today, Friday, we find out if R.A. Dickey threw a no-hitter on Wednesday. The dissonance of that statement should itself tell you what the "right" answer is. A no-hitter is about the mounting pressure of the late innings, the superstitious avoidance of a pitcher in the dugout, the social aspect of calling and texting… » 6/15/12 12:45pm 6/15/12 12:45pm

Now The Mets Are Appealing A Scoring Decision To Try And Get R.A.…

The Mets filed an appeal with MLB's scoring review committee in an attempt to change the official ruling of B.J. Upton's first-inning at-bat in last night's Mets-Rays game from a hit to an error—a change that, if approved, would make R.A. Dickey the second Met ever to throw a no-hitter. » 6/14/12 12:46pm 6/14/12 12:46pm