Former Knuckleballer Tries a Curve
Tucson, AZ - February 14, 2004
It must be the great hand-eye coordination or the pinpoint control of pitchers that make them great bowlers. And for the second time this season, a former Major League Baseball pitcher will try his hand out on the lanes.
Tom Candiotti, whose wicked knuckleball baffled hitters for 17 years, will compete in this week’s PBA Odor-Eaters Open. He follows in the footsteps of John Burkett, who most recently finished tied for 185th in the ABC Masters.
“I’ve really been looking forward to bowling for a long time now,” said Candiotti, who now works for ESPN as a color commentator and baseball analyst. “This is kind of like the first time you go to a major league (baseball) camp, you don’t really know what to expect. But I’m here to learn and see how my game stacks up against the best in the world.”
This will be Candiotti’s first time competing in a PBA event. The right-hander has been bowling now for about three years and says his love for the game started out as a fun thing to do with his kids. After he joined a father-son league with his two boys, he realized he was a lot better than he thought.
“The local pro at the center where I bowl gave me a ball with inserts, which really helped my game out,” said Candiotti, who now averages 215. “My kids and I love to watch the show every week and we TIVO it too so we can save the whole season and watch it whenever we want.”
Come on Madison....you can do better that Tom....