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Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa (59) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.
Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports In the offseason, the Tampa Bay Rays curiously hired former knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to be their lead minor league pitching coordinator. They later signed long time minor league catcher Jeff Howell, as he too knew how to throw a knuckler. Former Rays top-of-the-rotation pitcher Andy Sonnanstine was going to attempt to come back as a knuckleballer.
Maybe the Rays know something everyone else doesn’t.
It seems the Rays are hoping that at least one of their old arms is able to learn the trick of the knuckler.
As a low market team, they have always been open to strange ways to gain a competitive advantage.
After all, there have been very few knuckleball pitchers in the MLB in the grand scheme of things, who knows how a team would do if the pitch was emphasized. DIckey had a stretch of three great years but has since seen his ERA go back to league-average numbers.
As possibly expected, the signings have yet to amount to anything.
Eddie Gamboa was the first to reach the majors and has been good, but only in two games and 3 ⅓ innings.