R.A. Dickey wins National League Cy Young Award

R.A. Dickey becomes the first knuckleballer to win a Cy Young

11/14/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Oct. 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) throws against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRER.A. Dickey had one of the best seasons ever by a knuckleball pitcher, and today he was awarded appropriately with the National League Cy Young award.

Dickey is the first knuckleballer ever to win the award, and beat out Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez by a wide margin in the process.

Dickey received 27 of 32 possible 1st place votes. Kershaw finished 2nd, followed by Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, Craig Kimbrel, Matt Cain, Kyle Lohse, Aroldis Chapman and Cole Hamels.

Dickey's knuckleball confounded hitters all season, and he led the NL with 230 strikeouts. He was 2nd in the NL with a 2.73 ERA and won 20 games for the lowly Mets.

At 38 years old, Dickey is one of the oldest first-time Cy Young winners. Only Early Wynn, at age 39, was older among first-time awardees.

Congrats to R.A. Dickey for an outstanding Cy Young caliber season.
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11/14/12   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Dickey was amazing all season long, which is why I could not stop writing about him. From his back-to-back one-hitters to all the strikeouts to his persona and drive to compete, he kept things interesting long after the wheels had come off the Mets season. Hats off to you, RA.