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How to catch a knuckleball

02.25.09 at 8:42 pm ET

With all the talk surrounding Josh Bard catching Tim Wakefield it seemed like the perfect time to bring you today’s Extra Innings Mechanical Tip of the Day: How to catch a knuckleball.

Serving as your teacher, catcher George Kottaras …

“The big thing is to just trust in yourself and not get all amped about going and get the ball. Just letting the ball come to you and catching the ball deeper into your body rather than going out and getting it.

“With the stance, we’re more turned to the side, with our chest pointing toward the second baseman and our left knee tucked in a little bit just to free up our left hand. When you’re squared you’re a little more tied up so when your knee is bent it allows for a little more range of motion.

“You just keep your thumb up to the sky because Wake’s throwing to our facemask and he’s got his focal point already so he’s not looking at a target. So just keep your thumb up so you can roll over. You kind of give with the glove anyway, but you want to start (on the side) with the knuckleball.”

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