Found June 19, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
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The knuckleball, by its physics-defying nature, is easily the oddest, mind-bending — and most unpredictable — pitch that can be part of a pitcher’s arsenal, which partly is why so few pitchers attempt to master the befuddling pitch. And when the knuckleball is given the StroMotion treatment — particularly pitches out of the hand of [...]The post Here’s a mind-blowing look at three knuckleballs from R.A. Dickey (GIF) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

Dickey's knuckleball receives GIF treatment

You all know the R.A. Dickey story by now. Journeyman major leaguer reinvents himself as a knuckleball thrower in his 30s, then refines the pitch to become one of the better starting pitchers in baseball, culminating with his selection as the National League Cy Young Award winner last year. The knuckleball is always a fascinating pitch, and Dickey is a fascinating guy, so there has...

R.A. Dickey's knuckleball receives GIF treatment

Drew Sheppard over at FanGraphs is a genius in the .GIF making department and his latest piece of work takes a look at three knuckleball pitches from R.A. Dickey’s 2012 campaign.  In the .GIF you can see the three pitches compared side by side and you can see how insane the pitches actually are. Drew also explained a little more than we ever wanted to know about the knuckleball...

Dalton Pompey MVP of Midwest League All Star Game

Dalton Pompey, Toronto Blue Jays prospect with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, was named the MVP of the Midwest League All Star Game on Tuesday, leading the Eastern Division squad to a 6-5 victory over the Western Division at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio (home of the Dayton Reds).Pompey drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, an RBI single that scored Brandon...

Ricky Romero putting together quality outings in Triple-A

Ricky Romero is rebounding from a few down weeks at Triple-A. After a dismal 2012 season the 28-year-old left hander failed to win a spot in the Blue Jays rotation this spring. He was subsequently optioned to the minors, save for two poor outings at the beginning of May. On Wednesday night Romero pitched seven innings allowing just one unearned run on five hits and three walks. Romero...

Blue Jays' Jose Reyes and Brandon Morrow began rehab assignments

The surging Toronto Blue Jays may not be out of the running yet.  They have won six games in a row and eight of their last ten.  Now, the Blue Jays find themselves eight games out of first, getting healthier, and gaining confidence.  Jose Reyes and Brandon Morrow could help the team continue this surge. According to John Lott of the National Post, both Reyes and Morrow are...

Jays 3B Brett Lawrie resumes baseball activities

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is finally approaching a return after being out for several weeks with his sprained left ankle. Gregor Chisholm of reports that Lawrie is now involved in baseball activities, but manager John Gibbons was not ready to say that Lawrie would be back soon. "We're not sure yet, but he took some groundballs, took some...

Orioles-Blue Jays Preview

Though their pitching staff has played a key role in a lengthy winning streak, the Toronto Blue Jays figure to be tested by the powerful Baltimore Orioles. R.A. Dickey looks for his second win during the run as the host Blue Jays go for their ninth straight victory Friday night against heavy hitting Baltimore. Toronto starters have posted a 1.18 ERA in the last seven games, while...

Dear Mr. Cashman: Since we just lost a Chinese phenomenon named Chien-Ming Wang, how about signing one? His name is Manny Ramirez

Yes, sir. That Manny Ramirez.He's done in China. They loved him. They named candy bars after him. But he's done. He's not interested in Japan. Still angry about Pearl Harbor. He wants to come home. To America. To NYC. He wants to hit in the majors. He says he can do it. Who knows? He's just Manny, being Manny. Sign him, sir. Sign him before our enemies do. Sign him...

No structural damage for Blue Jays’ Brandon Morrow

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow suffered a setback during his last minor league rehab start, but a recent MRI showed no structural damage in his ailing forearm, according to Gregor Chisholm of There was concern that Morrow had worsened his forearm injury after he was forced to exit his recent appearance for the Blue Jays’ Single-A affiliate. Instead...

Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis added back-to-back shots and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Tuesday night. Toronto has its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in late 2008. Esmil Rogers (3-2) worked 6 2-3 innings to beat his former team and win his second straight start. Rogers...

Blue Jays 5, Rockies 2

Adam Lind hit a three-run home run, Mark Buehrle won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their eighth consecutive victory Wednesday, beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep. The eight-game streak is Toronto's longest since a 10-game run in late 2008. In the 15 times the Blue Jays and Rockies have played, the visiting team has never...

Hard Charging

For a team so very unfamiliar with long winning streaks (they haven't won more than six in a row since 2008) the current seven gamer must be very satisfying for the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only that, but they've posted a combine score of 41-11 in those games. Indeed, these are heady days for the Jays. Of course, it behooves us to heed Mike Wilner's oft-repeated observation...

Toronto Blue Jays Sweep Texas

The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Texas Rangers in four games this weekend.  When I realized that the Jays completed the sweep on Sunday, I  thought I was dreaming. The  Blue Jays hammered the Rangers in the second game of the series 8-0.  Colby Rasmus went one for three at the plate, scored two runs, and racked up  three RBIs.  Starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings...

Battered Blue Jays Surge Forward Despite Injuries: Can Toronto Still Live Up to Pre-Season Expectations?

It’s about that time. It’s that time in the season when the teams that got hot too early start to stumble, and the teams that have been coasting along under the radar start to surge toward first place. Look no further than the Cardinals and the Padres. The fourth place Padres have won seven in a row and just swept the 1st place Arizona Diamondbacks. The league-leading Cardinals...
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