Nine to Know: Pitchers who should learn the knuckleball

by Bill Chuck on February 22, 2013

Josh Booty has won the awful MLB Network reality television show  The Next Knuckler and will now go to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but this could have been the start of something special.

The 37-year-old Booty, who played 13 games for the Marlins from 1996-98 and played quarterback at LSU, will report to D-back camp Friday with a non-roster invitation and most likely will end up with a marriage that lasts as long as The Bachelor. Booty was among five former college quarterbacks in the competition, but the question is why waste Tim Wakefield‘s skill on something as foolish as this?

After the success at 37 of R.A. Dickey, wouldn’t it make sense to have real pitchers learn the pitch and extend, revive, or re-invigorate their careers?

Here are nine suggestions of pitchers who should learn the knuckleball

  1. Jamie Moyer – this is a no brainer
  2. Jose Valverde – a knuckleball with a 93.4 mph fastball is a fascinating mix
  3. Zach Duke – he’s trying this spring to earn a spot as the Nationals’ lone lefty out of the pen
  4. Mark Mulder – his final game was July 9, 2008 when he was just 30
  5. Derek Lowe – this free agent is still looking to be a starter; he should add a knuckler to his repertoire now
  6. Mark Hendrickson – can you imagine a 6’9″ knuckleball pitcher?
  7. Alfredo Aceves – he’s already a knucklehead
  8. Carlos Zambrano – See Aceves
  9. Micah Owings – he’s learning to be a first baseman, he should also learn to knuckle
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