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May 21 2015

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... The pitch does not put great strain on a player’s arm, so specialists can set records for endurance. Barney Schultz pitched in nine straight games for the Chicago Cubs. Wilbur Wood threw 376 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 1972, a mark that will probably never be broken. Hoyt Wilhelm, the first relief pitcher to make the Hall of Fame, was burying batters at age 49. 

There’s something heartening, even heroic, about these “scrap heap guys” who find a way to stay in the majors and stymie the stars. And they have the calluses on their fingertips to prove it.

May 24 2014

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thetoolsofignorance - May 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM

I for one welcome our new knuckle ball overlords

Danny Worth breaks out the knuckleball in scoreless inning of work | HardballTalk

May 23 2014

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Not much went right for the Tigers during Thursday’s game against the Rangers. Starter Robbie Ray gave up seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings, the left side of the infield committed two errors and the strikeout-resistant Victor Martinez struck out. But in the ninth inning, they did come across some very good news: Shortstop Danny Worth can throw a fantastic knuckleball.

When you’re impressing Justin Verlander, you know you’re doing something right. More Danny Worth knuckleballs this season, please.

Watch Tigers shortstop Danny Worth strike out two batters with his incredible knuckleball |

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After Thursday’s game, a 9-2 loss to the Rangers, Danny Worth had the look of disappointment on his face of a pitcher who just served up a walk-off homer.

"I shouldn’t have thrown him that heater," said Worth, the Tigers’ backup shortstop.

Worth, now the team’s resident knuckleballer, wasn’t lamenting a game that he gave away. No, the outcome Thursday had long since been decided. Rather, he was upset about giving up a ninth-inning base hit to Texas’ Chris Gimenez, the lone demerit of Worth’s otherwise perfect frame.

He got Michael Choice to go down swinging, then froze Leonys Martin to end the inning, which was the first full inning pitched by a Detroit position player since Mark Koenig in 1931.

With the bullpen already exhausted, starter Robbie Ray lasted 3 1/3 innings. That boded well for Worth’s chances of getting into a game to pitch for the first time since summer league in high school.

"There had been some discussions about it," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of the possibility of using Worth in relief. "In the fifth inning, I asked him if he had his pitching spikes with him today."

A crowd of teammates gathered around Worth in the Detroit bullpen as he began to warm up. Much to the crowd’s delight, his catcher had trouble holding onto the ball — so great was the movement on Worth’s knuckleballs.

His aptitude for the pitch may have surprised some of the sellout crowd in attendance at Comerica Park on Thursday, but his skipper has come to expect it.

"I wasn’t [surprised] only because I’ve seen him throw it before," Ausmus said. "It moves quite a bit. I imagine if he was a little more comfortable with pitching, he might even be more consistent."

Worth’s fingers began cramping up as the inning wore on, which Ausmus said can happen when a knuckleballer goes too long without practicing his trade. As a result, teammates like Max Scherzer, who Worth said has been begging him to come to the bullpen and practice the pitch, may get their wish.

"Just throwing a ‘pen every once in a while might alleviate that," Ausmus said, adding that having Worth throw every two weeks or so might be a good idea in case his services are again needed "on a very part-time basis."

Worth was asked whether he might one day consider trying to make it as a knuckleballer, and he didn’t rule it out. For now, though, he’s content to just play with the pitch that he’s been working on since he was 10 while playing catch — unless, of course, his team needs him. …

Tigers' Danny Worth debuts knuckleball in rare mound appearance | News
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Tigers infielder Danny Worth flashes a nasty knuckleball
By Grant Brisbee May 22 2014,

Danny Worth is a utility infielder. He might be the very utility infielderiest of utility infielders. He plays all over the infield, can’t hit, and seems pleasant enough. Those are all qualifications for a pure utility infielder.

He moonlights as a knuckleball viking, though.

Wooo. One inning, one hit allowed, two strikeouts….

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