Phil Niekro is in the best shape of his life
Really, he’s rarin’ to go:
What he means is the Hall of Fame Classic, the exhibition game played in Cooperstown in advance of the inductions in late June. Neikro was announced today as one of seven Hall of Famers who will play this year. Bob Feller will be there too, as he was last year. As will newcomers Rollie Fingers Goose Gossage, Gary Carter, Harmon Killebrew and Mike Schmidt.
The real question: If Niekro can really throw 80, and if he still has even a modicum of control over the knuckler -- to the extent anyone ever really has control over a knuckler -- how much better is he than, say, the Royals or the Mets fifth starters this year?