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  1. I had always wished the White Sox would’ve had a longer leash with this kid. Wake didn’t really do anything of note until he reached his late 20s, early 30s, right? It’d be great to see him get a chance and be the next knuckleballer to have sustained success in the majors.

    Comment by scott — August 18, 2009 @ 9:28 am

  2. Two of Wakefields best seasons were his debut in 1992 where he turned 26 in august of that year and his 1995 debut with the red sox.

    I love me some knuckleballers just not necessarily buying they reach their prime at 35, although ironically that is the only season wakefield had that comes close to the two I mentioned.

    Comment by walkoffblast — August 18, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  3. I don’t think that 35 is some set-in-stone age; it’s just that knuckleballers take a long time to home their craft, and since most them start throwing the pitch late they don’t peak until late.

    Comment by Marcel — August 18, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  4. @Marcel I was just kidding. Actually, Haeger could peak a lot sooner than Wakefield did. He was drafted as a pitcher, whereas Wake was a converted 1B.

    Comment by Erik Manning — August 18, 2009 @ 11:00 am

  5. 7IP, 3ER, is a very respectable line. If you told Joe Torre before any Dodger game that his starting pitcher would give up 3ER in 7 innings of work he’d take it. Haeger is what the Dodgers need, especially from their 5th starter, and that is someone who can efficiently eat up innings. I hope he sticks and has continued success.
    vr, Xei

    Comment by Xeifrank — August 18, 2009 @ 11:51 am

  6. He only pitched in 13 games that year and proceeded to post FIPs well around the 5 mark until he got “consistently decent” from 2001 on. It appears, really, that Wake didn’t hone his knuckler until later on in his career.

    Comment by scott — August 18, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  7. I watched Haeger last night and he really had the Cardinals in a knot. They had a few hard hit balls but couldn’t sustain anything. The mistake he made was when he hung one to Rick Ankiel, who can really only hit high, hung slow stuff.

    Comment by Pete — August 18, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  8. I love the knuckleball. It is by far my favorite pitch. I love that a guy can strike out tons of major league hitters throwing 60 MPH. Just love it! Plus, the pitch usually makes fools a of a few major league catchers as well. So the pitchers own catcher looks jumpy the entire game. Man it is fun to watch!

    Comment by PhD Brian — August 18, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  9. I was actually at the Dodgers game last night, and had pretty good seats, so I good view of him pitching. Let me just tell you that he looked pretty good. He was able to get a LOT of week popups, in play and out of play (especially by Matt Holliday) and really only made a couple of mistakes the entire game. He allowed a homer to Pujols, which isn’t exactly the worst thing to do, and one to Ankiel, which is a little more embarrassing.

    Comment by Nick — August 18, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

  10. That wasn’t supposed to be a reply.

    Comment by Nick — August 18, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  11. (Charlie Hough + Steve Yaeger) / 2 = Charlie Haeger
    Anyone else notice the coincidence?

    Comment by Sparerib — August 18, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  12. Sparerib – Really cool, though it is Steve Yeager, not Yaeger.

    Anyway, Haeger actually has far better stuff than Wakefield could ever imagine. In fact, in his prime, Wakefield wasn’t even the best knuckleballer in the game. That was Tom Candiotti.

    Comment by Alireza — August 19, 2009 @ 1:22 am

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