Wakefield hopes to see a time when a knuckleball pitcher comes out of the high school or college ranks and climbs to the majors. Most knuckleballers started out as conventional pitchers who turned to the pitch when their careers began to fade.
“I think it’s great. I think it’s going to be a popular pitch among young kids out there,” Wakefield said. “It brings hope to a younger generation of baseball players that may not have the velocity to compete at a higher level. If they can learn this pitch it gives them hope that they could one day wear a big league uniform.”