Clip Of The Day: Lance Niekro Is Not Quite “There” Yet

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]

8 Responses to Clip Of The Day: Lance Niekro Is Not Quite “There” Yet

  1. Enlightened Meathead says:

    actually, it’s next to impossible to throw a knuckleball without looking like a girl. That said, being a knuckleball pitcher has to be the best job in baseball.

  2. Seth says:

    Yeah, he throws a lot like Uncle Phil (his Uncle Phil, not the Fresh Prince’s Uncle Phil).

  3. tsos20 says:

    Throwing a knuckleball is a learned skill, not like throwing hard. It is not out of the question that he could master it. Being a Niekro, he will get evey chance to make good.
    The Sultan on Sports

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  6. Just a Woman says:

    is it true you cant make love before game? that is terrible. I my self love the sensation of falling falling,

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  7. bueller says:

    you can have sex before a game, it’s just not the best idea if you are a professional athlete. if you are playing in a rec league then go for it, thats awesome.

    how awesome would that be if Lance made it back up to the bigs as a first baseman and was periodically called in to relief pitch?

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  8. Darwin says:

    Poor Lance. I wondered where he went.

    He always talked about his knuckleball as if it was going to be his secret way to extend his career when he couldn’t hit anymore. I guess that time has come a lot sooner than expected.

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