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More with Phil Niekro on working with Zach Clark and Eddie Gamboa
More with Phil Niekro on working with Zach Clark and Eddie Gamboa

In today’s Baltimore Sun, I wrote a story on the Orioles’ efforts to convert minor league pitchers Zach Clark and Eddie Gamboa into knuckleballers. Clark and Gamboa are working with Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro, who won 318 games and revolutionized the knuckleball, while both pitchers are at Double-A Bowie. In speaking with the 74-year-old Niekro this week, you can tell he’s still very passionate in teaching the knuckleball to young pitchers. He realizes that, in some ways, it can make a difference in helping a pitcher break into the majors. The Orioles are committed as well. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette knows Niekro from...

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