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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Former major league infielder Josh Booty has won a reality television show by throwing the best knuckleball, and will go to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Booty is set to report to camp Friday with a non-roster invitation.
The show on the MLB Network was called “The Next Knuckler.” Booty met Thursday with Diamondbacks announcer Tom Candiotti, a longtime knuckleballer in the majors.
The 37-year-old Booty played 13 games for the Marlins from 1996-98. He also played quarterback at LSU.
Booty was among five former college quarterbacks in the competition. His brother, John David Booty, was joined by Doug Flutie, David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux.
Photo via Facebook/Josh Booty
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After being out of professional baseball for 15 years, former first round draft pick (and NFL prospect) Josh Booty is back in the game.As a 37-year-old knuckleballer.Booty, who was taken fifth overall by the then-Florida Marlins in 1994, saw his Major League career fizzle after just 13 big league games from 1996-1998. Now, after winning the MLB Network's reality series "...
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