WATCH: Did the Dodgers Brian Wilson start game with knuckleball?

  • David Whitlock

Brian Wilson is widely known as one of the more eccentric pitchers in baseball.  Be it his beard (which has its own Twitter account), or his entertaining verified Twitter account which has 600K followers.  Known for being a shut down reliever, he got the call on Tuesday to start the Los Angeles Dodgers game.  Not uncommon in Cactus or Grapefruit League Spring Training, it’s all about getting in work.  However, nobody, especially the leadoff hitter for the Seattle Mariners Brad Miller, expected him to debut what appears to be a knuckleball.  Especially with a lot of motion and called a strike!  Watch the deliver (via MLB.com):

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With that smooth delivery and accuracy, you’d have to think he might mix it in this year.  That being said, would it take much to scout it and sit back and hammer it?  The 2014 will see!

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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