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Yet only one major league pitcher uses it today, and he’s among baseball’s best this season. If the knuckleball needs an advocate, Dickey is up for the task, though he doesn’t think it’s necessary.

“I hope with every zero I throw up there, that’s advocating that speaks for itself,” he said. “It’s not a pitch to be mocked; it’s a pitch to be respected. I’m hoping I won’t be the last one.”

Judging by the results he’s achieving, it will be a mystery if more converts don’t follow.