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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.” He threw 88-89 mph during the bullpen session with his fastball.
Are you asking yourself, what’s “The Next Kunckler”? With the Knuckleball quickly becoming an extinct pitch, the MLB Network aired a reality show about the search for the pitch’s heir apparent. Think “American Idol”…but with Kevin Millar.
“With the knuckleball, he can throw it,” Candiotti said. “He’s got the ability to be able to take the spin off the ball. It’s a constant battle for him right now with his mechanics right now, being able to repeat his delivery, because he drifts a little bit.” “In my mind, I’m taking it serious,” Boot
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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...