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R.A. Dickey’s knuckler in regular season form

Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dickey throws his warm up pitches before facing the Boston Red Sox in Dunedin Reuters

MLB.com’s Matthew Leach posted this video showcasing Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball, which just makes you feel sorry for the catcher.

Dickey’s knuckler is notoriously difficult to catch, and as a result, the Jays will be assigning their new ace a personal catcher for the 2013 season. They will make the decision soon after the World Baseball Classic, according to manager John Gibbons.

The Jays can choose between Josh Thole, who caught Dickey in 66 of the right-hander’s 91 starts over the last three seasons, and Henry Blanco, who caught seven of Dickey’s 27 starts in 2010 with the Mets. Either catcher would be the back-up to J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia spent the off-season learning to catch Dickey’s knuckler — without a cup.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I can only imagine how good his numbers are going to be by pitching in a dome.

  2. lja76 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    im a mets fan. and guys hes gooooooood. hes bound for a no hitter sooner then later. you guys are almost guaranteed for at least 5 one hit games. butt……… i noticed one flaw in him. he seems to choke, not badly, but not his usual dominating stuff in big games. i hope im wrong, especially since im a mets fan 1st and yankee hater 2nd. but i did notice that one flaw on him. damn i miss him already.

    • paint771 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Thumbs up for the ordering of your baseball fandom.

      I have a feeling that this Blue Jays – Mets trade is the start of a beautiful fanbase friendship.

    • cur68 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Well, with any luck the offence, which projects to be pretty damn good, might make it pretty moot as to if RA has to be en fuego in big games.

      Here’s hoping Wilpon and Alderson look after those kids The Beavz sent over to NY in exchange. They should pretty good in a season or two, so have some hope.

  3. xxakshunxx - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Glad he’s out of the NL East.. Not only is he good but he’d throw off a teams offense for an extra day or two after facing him

    • paint771 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Yeah, and right after him they would face Brandon Morrow.

      People poo-poo it, but it will be real interesting to see if different pitcher looks in the setting of a rotation has an effect. Because you won’t be able to get a better test case than Dickey-Morrow-Buerhle-Johnson-Romero.

      • paperlions - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        People poo-poo it because studies have looked for an effect of starter type in game sequences and can’t find one.

  4. Reggie's Bush - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I’m a mets fan, and I love R.A. He was great for us in an otherwise shitty time.

    The one thing I would say is (spoiler alert) he is old – not that it matters for his arm, but his body might be giving out. Plantar fasciitis the year before, torn abdominal a this year…

    Not saying it’s necessarily true but something to watch out for. Wishing the best for Dickey!!

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