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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

TV show winner Booty 'serious' about D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Josh Booty reported to Diamondbacks camp Friday after winning MLB Networks The Next Knuckler competition. It does not appear to be a lark. Booty, 37, brought a 90 mph fastball to go with his newfound knuckleball, and he said he plans to be around for the long haul. I am not here to goof off, Booty said. "My goal would be to pitch in a game. I feel I can...

Bell makes D-backs debut with much on mind

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Heath Bell wanted to make a positive first impression Saturday in his initial appearance with the Diamondbacks, and he did just that. But forgive him if his mind was occasionally elsewhere. Bell's father underwent open-heart surgery Tuesday in Texas. Like the Marine he was, Jim Bell told his son to remain in Arizona and continue his spring work. And like...

Josh Booty is Back in Baseball

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 "...

2013 Arizona Diamondbacks Team Preview

Key offseason additions: Martin Prado, Cody Ross, Brandon McCarthy, Randell Delgado   Key offseason departures: Justin Upton, Chris Johnson, Trevor Bauer, Chris Young   After winning 94 games and the division title in 2011 the Arizona Diamondbacks fell to a .500 ball club and third in the division. The D-Backs started the offseason with … Continue reading »

D-backs open play early with WBC looming

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Spring training is six days longer this year in order to fit the World Baseball Classic into an already-full schedule, which is the reason the Diamondbacks will begin exhibition play Saturday. For D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, it is business as usual. While Montero is pleased and proud to make his first appearance for his native Venezuela in the WBC, he said...

Hinske, Corbin impress in Diamondbacks' win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Eric Hinske feels right at home in Arizona, and the transition to playing for the Diamondbacks has been a pretty comfortable one as well. Hinske had three singles and two RBIs and fellow Diamondbacks newcomer Martin Prado had two hits and three RBIs, leading the D-backs to an 8-6 win over the Rockies on a chilly Sunday at Salt River Fields. Hinske, the...

The Next Knuckler Reports To Camp

Josh Booty may have won the MLB Network’s “The Next Knuckler,” but his work has just begun. Booty showed up to camp on Thursday and worked a bit in the bullpen with former Major League knuckler and current Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Tom Candiotti. “He’s got the best fastball of any knuckleballer I’ve ever seen,” Candiotti told MLB. “He can flat out throw it...

Sleeper Scout: Jon Lester and Trevor Cahill

Trevor Cahill and Jon Lester are coming off opposite 2012 seasons. Cahill, who’ll be 25 when the 2013 season begins, had the best year of his four-year career so far in ’12, while Lester, 29, had the worst season of his career. Both players represent solid values so far in drafts as Lester’s average draft position at Mock Draft Central is currently 188th overall and 42nd among...

Arizona Diamondbacks 2013 Season Preview

I am Bear Jew, hear me roar. It wasn’t long ago that the Diamondbacks were the feel good story in all of baseball. It seemed like that 2011 team was Justin Upton and a bunch of guys, and they rolled into the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers where they came ever so close to advancing to the 2011 NLCS. The model worked as it should, a team built around a young superstar overachieved...
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