Posted February 06, 2013

Doug Flutie to get shot as knuckleballer with Diamondbacks

MLB, NFL

Doug Flutie will be remembered as a great quarterback, but as a knuckleballer with the Arizona Diamondbacks? The former NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College is going to get his shot.

MLB Network will be debuting a new program, “The Next Knuckler” on Feb. 13. The premise of the show is to have former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield teach a bunch of former college and NFL quarterbacks how to throw a knuckleball. The quarterback who shows the most promise as a pitcher will get an invitation from the Arizona Diamondbacks to try out for the team at spring training this season, according to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports.

The quarterbacks who will compete for the invitation are John David Booty; his brother, Josh Booty; Doug Flutie; David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux.

The Public Relations office for MLB also confirmed the news on Wednesday.


28 comments
bigjohnniedoe
bigjohnniedoe

non-issue. There are a few teams that have done this, and the number of teams that offer a one-way MLB contract would be equal to zero. I'm guessing the winner get a AA contract and doesn't make it halfway through the season.

JohnDThorpe
JohnDThorpe

Josh Booty was a 1st round pick of the marlins, so I'll go ahead and take a gander that he wins.

 

 

rkc
rkc

In a related story, the NFL is developing a reality show where former major league baseball players are coached by Ray Lewis and the winner gets a shot at middle linebacker with the Ravens. I also heard that Dr. J is teaching former Kentucky Derby winning jockeys to dunk, and the winner will be a power forward for the Miami Heat.

Konstantin
Konstantin

This is a ridiculous, bush league stunt that is embarrassing and pointless. And what a lineup of QBs! Flutie is the only one with any name recognition for anyone but the hardest core football fan.

SeymourHolz
SeymourHolz

It would be a privilege to learn from Wakefield, one of the greatest knuckleballers of all-time.

PeterHuston
PeterHuston

Flutie could do it in a heartbeat. He's a very good baseball, football,basketball and hockey player. Notice I said IS, not WAS. Like Danny Ainge one of the best all-around athletes ever, but Flutie has kept it up non-stop.

Dodgerguy R
Dodgerguy R

I can see Flutie pitching for a couple seasons. If he gets the mechanics down, why not? He may be 50, but he doesn't have the ware and tear of guys that have been pitching since little league.

MarvGoble
MarvGoble

Don't laugh when the little feller wins the Cy Young.

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

Another retired athlete that just has to have that camera on him.

Dominic
Dominic

There's a better chance of getting hit by lightning or by winning the big lottery than any of these guys playing professional baseball.  This is just a publicity stunt to bring some fun to the fans.

Michael10
Michael10

Nolan Ryan retired at 46 after 27 ML seasons.  Flutie is 50 and has never played baseball at any pro level.

 

This is totally going to happen...

CPMDatson
CPMDatson

Lots of LSU alums in the show

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

I'd put my money on Flutie out of that group, he's a very good athlete and a SOLID baseball player.  

skchai1
skchai1

Isn't Perrilloux still playing for the UIFA or some such, trying - yet - once again to get his career on tracK?  He still 24 isnt he?  This wouldn't seem to be very conducive even the football "comeback" is a long shot.

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

Interesting concept, but a completely misleading story title.

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I'm sure THAT will pull in the ratings

Stiffler1414
Stiffler1414

Is his name really John David or are we all forced to say it because Brent Musberger enjoyed it SO much?

E Bart
E Bart

Most desperate sounding show and story ever too.

Staz
Staz

Most unexpected story ever.

dameyer40
dameyer40

 @rkc I think you meant to say - the NFL is developing a reality show where former major league baseball players are coached by Ray Lewis and the winner gets shot.

BLaCkBruceWaYnE
BLaCkBruceWaYnE

 @PeterHuston Ummm ok Peter. Doug Flutie was a good all around player in HS. HIGH SCHOOL! Danny Ainge played baseball and was drafted by the Blue Jays but his career was short lived (2 season where he had a batting avg at .220). I mean you could have said a bunch of people that had CAREERS in multi-sports like Bo, Deion or Brian Jordan ...This dude really said Danny Ainge is one of the BEST all-around athletes EVER!! LMFAO

kailtm
kailtm

 @PeterHuston One of the best all-around athletes ever?  You sure about that?

Konstantin
Konstantin

 @Dodgerguy R You can see Doug Flutie, age 50, pitching for a couple seasons in professional baseball? You are totally insane. You don't realize this is just a publicity stunt?

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @skchai1 I guess it's PR so maybe the CFL can see him and think, wow, if he can do that maybe he can play in our league, hah hah.  I'm kidding of course....

kathyisntright04
kathyisntright04

 @Stiffler1414 His Dad's name is John, so they call him John David.  I remember that from yet another Musberger creepshow. lol  Also, I guess spending like 5 minutes on a roster qualifies as "former NFL quarterback."

kathyisntright04
kathyisntright04

 @Staz agreed.  thought it was a joke or some random guy also named Doug Flutie.