Posted: Thu February 21, 2013 11:52PM; Updated: Thu February 21, 2013 11:51PM

Ex-MLBer wins 'The Next Knuckler,' joins D-backs

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Former major league infielder Josh Booty has won a reality television show by throwing the best knuckleball, and will go to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Booty is set to report to camp Friday with a non-roster invitation.

The show on the MLB Network was called "The Next Knuckler." Booty met Thursday with Diamondbacks announcer Tom Candiotti, a longtime knuckleballer in the majors.

The 37-year-old Booty played 13 games for the Marlins from 1996-98. He also played quarterback at LSU.

Booty was among five former college quarterbacks in the competition. His brother, John David Booty, was joined by Doug Flutie, David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux.

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