This just in.......(this weekend).....The Red Sox are putting Tim Wakefield back in their Starting rotation. His Age, 45 and he will turn 46 before the season is out. Like our own Phil Niekro the hands of time have stood still to allow him to throw a vastly dieing pitch.
Yes, there is still some throwing it, or at least some variation as the Knuckle curve but largely the pitch is not one of choice. I wonder if there is any teaching in place to see if any of our pitchers are a good candidate for it? You would think that giving the rewards for it there would be at least some interest.
Tough skin- Sometimes the pitch will float past the strike zone
Good Defensive skill- some batters will make bad contact...hint lot of "slow rollers"
good fastball (placement) - believe it or not Phil had an excellent fast ball..the pitch that caught them "napping"
Delivery of either a one finger or two finger knuck is more like pushing the ball so the delivery motion of the fastball is readily noticed because the pitch is more over hand. It becomes very important for the placement of that pitch. This placement is dependent on the batters hitting style. Niekro used a fastball as his out pitch but often threw in a curve as well.
I had heard that John Smoltz had worked on one during one of his comebacks I wonder if he is thinking about it now?
My thoughts only but if you have information on anybody to watch this spring who might be trying it...just chime in