New York Mets pitcher and Nashville native R.A. Dickey tied batters into knots with his knuckleball this season, but now he wants to send a clear message to kids with his new children’s books.
He recently signed a book deal with Dial Press, a division of Penguin, to publish three books. The first will be a young-adult remake of his hit memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball,” scheduled for fall 2013. The second book, tentatively titled “Knuckleball Ned,” is set for spring 2014. The third is not yet scheduled.
Dickey was the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues this past season. At 38, he’s spent the past seven years perfecting an unpredictable pitch that is usually released at a slower speed and without a spin, making it difficult for the hitter to determine where the ball will end up. Only a few pitchers have mastered the technique.
Much like the pitch itself, Knuckleball Ned, the main character in Dickey’s second children’s book, is different. He wobbles around and has to identify what his strengths are and embrace them, Dickey said.
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