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