All the Good Sports: These Knuckleballers' Pitches Are Unpredictable but Their Careers Were Solid
Why don’t we see more knuckleballers in Major League Baseball?
Despite the lack of wear and tear it appears to have on the arm, only a handful of pitchers in the modern era have made a career of it but what long careers they were.
Phil “Knucksey” Niekro played for 24 years pitching till he was 48. Hoyt Wilhelm lasted 21 seasons and retired at 49. Tim Wakefield worked 19 seasons and left the game at 44.
No one ever started more games or pitched more innings than Wake in a Boston uniform.
Sox righthander Steven Wright is one of a dying breed of knuckleballers. Wright is 33. He should have a good 10-15 years left.