Last season was an experiment for Eddie Gamboa, born when he tried a knuckleball in front of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro at Orioles minor league camp. After toiling in the minors and never reaching above the Double-A level, Gamboa felt that developing a knuckler could be a difference maker.
The club has re-signed right-handed pitchers Eddie Gamboa and Zach Clark -- two pitchers who converted to knuckleballers last season in the Orioles' minor league system under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro -- to minor league deals, the Orioles announced Tuesday.
In today's Baltimore Sun, I wrote a story on the Orioles' efforts to convert minor-league pitchers Zach Clark and Eddie Gamboa. Both are working under the tutelage of Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro, who won 318 games and revolutionized the knuckleball, at Double-A Bowie.