Most of you may remember Lance Niekro from his failed attempts to seize the elusive first base job from the likes of JT Snow and Pedro Feliz. Well, he’s now in AAA ball at Fresno, but has been working on some new tricks. With the help of his uncle, he’s been working on his knuckleball, hoping to make it as a pitcher (pretty much just the opposite of Rick Ankiel’s resurgence).
This weekend, Niekro finally got his chance … and it didn’t go ideally. He topped out at 75mph, pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowed three hits, surrendered two runs and even plunked a batter for good measure.
And he kinda throws like a
girl first baseman.
Niekro gets shot to pitch [Fresno Bee]