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    Former Giants All-Star closer Brian Wilson is attempting an MLB comeback ... as a starting pitcher and a knuckleballer.

    Wilson, who has thrown for a pair of teams recently according to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session at USC on Wednesday, showcasing his knuckleball and a clean-shaven face. 

    "That right there was an MVP-Cy Young knuckleball," Wilson told Brown after the session. "You can write that down, too. No joke. I can already see myself out there throwing up some waffles."

    The 34-year-old has been out of baseball since 2014, when he went 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 61 games for the Dodgers. Los Angeles released him in 2015, still owing him $9.5 million. 

    "It was kinda good to lay back and figure out what I wanted," Wilson told Brown. "It feels like a new leaf."

    Brown reports that Wilson has always toyed with a knuckleball, but that the Giants asked him not to throw it while in San Francisco, where he went 20-20 with a 3.21 ERA and 171 saves over seven years, collecting three All-Star nods and two World Series rings.

    "I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer," he told Brown. "I'm good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It's going to be pretty fun."

    Time will tell if all the fun will result in a new MLB contract. 

    "So that's what he's been doing!?" former teammate Aubrey Huff tweeted. "Most of us assumed he moved to Indonesia, or joined a tribe in Africa. Go get em B-wheezy!"

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