I taught five college quarterbacks how to throw a knuckleball on MLB Network ... I think a lot of it can be taught. One of the benefits I had when I was younger was having the access to Charlie Hough, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro -- all the guys that walked in these shoes before me. I thought it was very valuable to my success and my career. It's just nice to have somebody. I can be that person for the younger generation of knuckleballers that we have in the organization.
The same thing guys before me offered me -- just somebody to talk to who knows something about the pitch he's throwing ... When I was just coming up, I had pitching coaches that told me, 'I don't know anything about it.' It's refreshing to be able to contribute to the legacy of a pitch by helping him out. I had Phil and Joe Niekro and Charlie and Candiotti around. I was learning. To be able to give back to somebody that's taken up the pitch, it's pretty special for me.More quotes »
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25th anniversary: Joe Niekro’s inning full of balk
Hall of Fame big brother Phil Niekro, Joe had a nice career for himself. Using the same pitch as Phil – the knuckleball – Joe Niekro won over 200 games in 22 seasons. However, 1988 was the last of those 22 seasons. Joe Niekro was on fumes. In fact, his last from The Hardball Times Read more »