The knuckleball experiment

R.A. Dickey and Orel Hershiser remember a career-altering conversation

Originally Published: December 1, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

TIM KURKJIAN: R.A., do you remember this heart-to-heart you had with Orel [then the pitching coach with Dickey's team, the Rangers] about your career? Let's start with that, the '05 conversation with Orel. R.A. DICKEY: OK. Well, I just kind of ran out of pellet juice, you know? When Orel was a pitching coach in 2003 and, you know, there was some real hope for me to become maybe a fourth or fifth starter, a really good swing man, I was low 90s -- you know, high 80s, low 90s, ...

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