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R.A. Dickey wins Cy Young Award in the National League

Nov 14, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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“There are people in and around the baseball world who give the knuckleball a bit of a knock,” MLB network analyst Dan Plesac said at the start of Wednesday night’s Cy Young Awards Show.

Apparently those people are not well represented in the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey was named the Cy Young Award winner in the National League, easily beating out the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals in the BBWAA balloting.

Dickey got 27 of the 32 first-place votes, becoming the first knuckleballer in major league history to capture Cy Young Award honors. Kershaw got two first-place votes and Gonzalez got one. Reds ace Johnny Cueto was also given a first-place vote, as was Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

Dickey led the National League in innings pitched (233 2/3) and strikeouts (230) while finishing the season with a 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. The 38-year-old threw consecutive one-hitters in June.

“I’m beside myself,” he told MLB Network via satellite after his name was announced. “Clayton and Gio are both supernatural. They give everybody fits. This is an honor to be shared. My hopes always outweighed my doubts.”

  1. dondada10 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM


    • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!, 2

      • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        And by the way, his response was typically classy and appreciative Biggeth Dicketh. Here’s a guy who’s had to work his ass off for every flutter on his knuckler, and who truly understands how far he’s had to come on so many levels. I’m thrilled for him.

  2. thebadguyswon - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM


  3. drubeatz - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Trade him now while his value is up. Time to rebuild. Your not winning anything with him.

  4. styx630 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Congrats, R.A.! Well deserved.

    • 78mu - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      Hard to argue with that. He was pretty consistent the whole season.

      When we watch a pitcher like Verlander or Kershaw we know we wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance to even see their fastball much less hit it. Good to see the voters went with the boring soft tosser and not the sexy picks.

      Of course being in New York didn’t hurt either.

  5. dondada10 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Vote really wasn’t that close. I was expecting Kershaw to get a lot more first place votes.

  6. Jack Marshall - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Hoyt, Wilbur, Phil, Tim and the rest are smiling somewhere.

  7. El Bravo - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM


  8. youjivinmeturkey - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Reblogged this on "You Jivin' Me, Turkey?" and commented:
    The Knuckleball Gets Its Due! WOOT!

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      sweet, I was hoping to read the same article only with a different skin

      • youjivinmeturkey - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Ah, Well, Mission Accomplished. Kudos! hehehe

  9. prov1x - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    both cy young winners are from middle Tennessee, pretty impressive.

  10. cur68 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Nice one, Mr. Dickey. Bringing that low 80’s heat to the Cy Young, baby.

  11. ndnut - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Typical Twins deal. Not great in Minny, rocks the house when he goes somewhere else.

    • dondada10 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      In fairness, he was more a Ranger than anything else. And he pitched 50 more innings as a Mariner than a Twin.

  12. jlilly67 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    It’s gonna be odd next season on RA Dickey day when he is wearing a different uniform…….just sayin’

  13. butchhuskey - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    His book is titled “Wherever I Wind Up.”

    After scaling Kilimanjaro and winning the Cy, it seems he’s wound up on top of the world.

  14. randygnyc - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Well earned.

  15. koufaxmitzvah - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM


  16. number42is1 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I am paraphrasing but the opening to his book was something along the line of “I will never win 20 games or win a Cy Young” that fucking liar!

  17. skeleteeth - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Congrats to him! He should write a book.

    • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      Yes he should, and if you read his Kilimanjaro dispatches as well as “his” book you probably hope he’ll leave his co-author home next time. I sure do.

  18. sdelmonte - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM


    Does the happy dance for my favorite Met. And for baseball’s most interesting man.

    • indaburg - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Congrats to baseball’s most interesting man, indeed. He’s one cool cat.

  19. tpxdmd - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Can we all agree that seeing the vote totals on the BWAA doesn’t make it at all better that someone actually thought Fernando Rodney deserved a first place vote???

    • tpxdmd - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Ugh, this was supposed to be in the AL post. ANGER SO BAD MUST COMPLAIN EVERYWHERE!

      • tpxdmd - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        Oh but Kimbrell!

    • cktai - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      For what it’s worth, by some measure (WPA) Kimbrel was the best pitcher of all of baseball. More than a full win over Price and almost two wins over Dickey.

      • richyballgame - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        Umm,not trying to be mean,but relievers should never win cy-youngs,no matter how good of a year they have,just my opinion though.

      • cktai - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:15 AM

        I tend to disagree.

        While I agree that this year, Kimbrel doesn’t deserve it, I do feel that if he manages to match his historic season (lowest FIP, xFIP, SIERA of any pitcher in any season) but over say 80 IP, he should seriously be considered. In that case he will have an fWAR of about 5 (rough guestimation) which is in the same ballpark as Kershaw, Price and Dickey this year.

        If all the circumstances are right, an absolutely dominant reliever, logging a high number of IP in a season where the starters disappoint, then it could happen without it being an outrage.

  20. gregbeau - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    A well-deserved award. Hard to imagine how bad the Mets would have been last year without him. Even if he ends up going somewhere else, 2012 was an unforgettable year for Dickey and the Mets, and the award could not have gone to a better guy. Congratulations!

  21. cktai - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    What is this odd grip R.A. Dickey has on his picture? It looks like he has the tips of his fingers aligned perpendicular to the seams as if he is going to use them to add rotation to the ball. What fiendish foul play is at work here?

  22. ningenito78 - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better dude.

  23. richyballgame - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    R.A. Dickey.
    One word: Authentic. :)

  24. arrooo - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Class act

  25. wj4122 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    I’m happy he won it! He was an awesome part of the mets this year! just amazing what he was able to achieve with the knuckleball! But I was also very very surprised that kershaw didn’t make it a closer race with the writers. Dickey only had one more strikeout than kershaw. And kershaw was #1 in e.r.a and quality starts. The wins category was lopsided but that is not the pitcher fault if he consistantly has the lowest era. Shame on the lousy hitting of the dodgers for not being able to get more support for kershaw.

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