In my 1st blog writing about my favorite team the New York Mets, I would like to take this time to CONGRATULATE the WINNER OF THE 2012 CY-YOUNG AWARD WINNER, Mr. R.A. Dickey!!!!
Dickey became the 1st EVER KNUCKLEBALL PITCHER to win this award. What an ACCOMPLISHMENT for a man who is TRULY AMAZING TO WATCH. The Mets have been known as the “THE AMAZIN METS”.
In a year when Johan Santana, on June 1st against the Cardinals delivered the FRANCHISE’S 1ST NO-HITTER, now they have the 1st KNUCKLEBALLER to win the CY-YOUNG AWARD and ESTABLISH HIMSELF as truly AMAZIN!!
Listen here as he describes what this award means to him: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25486911&topic_id=7417714&c_id=nym&tcid=vpp_copy_25486911&v=3
Dickey joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975) and Dwight Gooden (1985) among Mets who have now won the award.
He also won MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER AWARD in the National League. Listen here: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp content_id=25473115&topic_id=&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_25473115&v=3
These articles come from metsblog.com.
“I want to thank the BBWAA for this prestigious award,” Dickey said in a statement. “I owe so much to my teammates for their support during the year, especially Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, who did such a great job behind the plate all season. I’d like to thank the fans. They stood behind me every time I took the mound. I wouldn’t have won this award without them. To have my name linked to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden is quite humbling.”
This season, Dickey became the first Mets pitcher with 20 wins in a season since 1990 (when Frank Viola went 20-12). Dickey joined Tom Seaver (1969, 1971, 1972, 1975), Jerry Koosman (1976), Dwight Gooden (1985), David Cone (1988) and Viola as the only Mets to win at least 20 games in a season.
Dickey led the National League in strikeouts with 230 strikeouts, 233.2 innings pitched, five complete games and three shutouts. He was second in the National League with 20 wins and a 2.73 ERA, while leading the major leagues with 27 quality starts.
From Michael Baron, of MetsBlog.com
On the very first day of pitchers and catchers in February, 2010, R.A. arrived at the Mets Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie on a bicycle.
R.A. rides a bicycle to camp every morning.
He pulled up to the player parking area, but he didn’t have anything to indicate he was with the team, and security didn’t initially let him in.
He got so mad at the security guard, and a lot of fans who were waiting to get into the complex began laughing at the situation at R.A.’s expense.
“Who is this guy, anyway?” one fan remarked.
“He’s R.A. Dickey, a minor league invite. He will be cut before Opening Day,” another fan answered.
That fan was right – in fact, R.A. was among Jerry Manuel’s first cuts that Spring.
But I guess the Mets and the fans are lucky Dickey was finally let in the gate that day. Two and a half years later, R.A. is a superstar and a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, sitting on top of the pitching world with the first Cy Young Award ever won by a knuckleballer.
Since joining the Mets in 2010, Dickey is 39-28 with a 2.95 ERA, having allowed 559 hits, 150 walks, 55 home runs with eight complete games, four shutouts, and 468 strikeouts in 94 games (91 starts) over 616 2/3 innings.
We live in a culture now that’s got a very progressive mentality, which is fantastic as far as the association of the knuckleball goes,” Dickey said. “And that’s a compliment to the vision and the imagination of the writers who voted. They didn’t see the knuckleball as a trick pitch. They didn’t see it as some kind of illegitimate weapon that you can use that isn’t worthy. They saw it as a legitimate weapon. It has one purpose, and that’s to get big-league hitters out consistently.
NL Cy Young Award Voting
R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award by a wide margin, receiving 27 out of 32 possible first-place votes and 209 total points, which were awarded on a 7-4-3-2-1 basis.
|R.A. Dickey, NYM||27||209|
|Clayton Kershaw, LAD||2||96|
|Gio Gonzalez, WAS||1||93|
|Johnny Cueto, CIN||1||75|
|Craig Kimbrel, ATL||1||41|
|Matt Cain, SFG||0||22|
|Kyle Lohse, STL||0||6|
|Aroldis Chapman, CIN||0||1|
|Cole Hamels, PHI||0||1|
“It brings a real degree of legitimacy to the knuckleball fraternity. I’m glad to represent them, and I’m certainly grateful for all of those guys.”
Dickey’s three shutouts in 2012 were the most by a Met since David Cone‘s five in 1992. He led the National League in quality starts (27), strikeouts (230) and innings pitched (233 2/3) while finishing second in ERA at 2.73 to Kershaw’s 2.53.
Dickey’s 20-win season marked the first by a Met since Frank Viola in 1990, and the sixth in team history.
Here are quotes from Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden at metsblog.com:
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver quote:
“My hat’s off to Mr. Dickey. I watched one of his outings when I was in town and I was amazed by his control. I was always looking for new ammunition to bring to the mound so I attempted the knuckleball. It’s a very difficult pitch to throw and needless to say, I never mastered it. I congratulate him on his tenacity not only to succeed against all odds but to excel and achieve this very high honor. I look forward to congratulating him personally.”
In addition, Dwight Gooden said the following about Dickey:
“I saw R.A. pitch at least 10 times this year. I’m really amazed how he was able to remake his career. I never even thought about throwing a knuckleball. To win the Cy Young Award at his age is more incredible than when I won at age of 20.
I love this article because it highlights what Dickey has gone through to get to the top of his profession. http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jspymd=20121114&content_id=40283280&vkey=news_nym&c_id=nym
In the opening lines of his autobiography, R.A. Dickey writes, “I will never be a Hall of Famer and will never lead the league in strikeouts,” unaware that he would indeed achieve the latter feat in 2012.
Dickey recalls editing that passage with his co-author, Wayne Coffey, who asked why he did not include “winning the Cy Young” on the short list of accomplishments he supposedly would not achieve.
“Because I hoped to,” Dickey replied. “I hoped to win the Cy Young.”
Circuit in strikeouts, innings, complete games and shutouts, and ranked second in wins and ERA.
Through it all, he expanded the legend that began when he joined the Mets early in 2010 as an apparent Minor League burnout. He became a best-selling author in 2012, writing an autobiography that chronicled his slog through the Minors and his history as a victim of sexual abuse. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. He starred in a documentary.
Any thoughts of Dickey fading down the stretch evaporated when he went 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA over his final nine starts. After the last of those outings, Dickey revealed that he had been pitching since April with a torn abdominal muscle, an injury he had surgically repaired last month.
Dickey also feels the award adds a measure of legitimacy to his signature pitch. Within a half-hour of winning, he received 127 text messages and roughly three dozen phone calls. His first responses were to Phil Niekro, Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough, all of whom tutored him in the years after he became a full-time knuckleballer in 2005.
In large part because of those three and several of the game’s other knuckleballers, along with the friends and family members who gave him the freedom necessary to pursue his dream, Dickey stressed that this is far more than an individual award. He likened himself to a “piece on the game board.”
“This is something to be celebrated with everybody,” he said. “Not least among these are the fans in New York. They will never know how much it meant for them to come out when we were having a tough season, and get loud and put up signs, all kinds of things like that. They supernaturally affected me in a some many ways.
Here is my take on R.A. Dickey. I love watching him pitch. He is an All-Star and amazing person on and off the field. He is an ambassador of baseball. I love his mentality when it comes to life and baseball.
I am 30 years old and have been watching the Mets since I was 4. The Mets have always had a rich history of starting pitchers, such as: Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, David Cone, Frank Viola, Al Leiter, Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, Johan Santana and now R.A. Dickey. Dickey belongs in this group because of the player that he is and definitely the most unique.
Last week, the Mets picked up $5 million dollar option for this season, and want to sign to a long-term contract. He wants to be here. The Mets gave him his big break and has cashed in like no-other Met has.
The Mets have been a SEE-SAW for a number of years. Their financial situation is like a SITCOM of Jerry Seinfeld. What is the plot? Do they have money to spend? Where is this team going?
The Mets have UNDERACHIEVING the last few years and in the 2 years of GM Sandy Alderson’s tenure have been a prime example.
Dickey’s value has never been higher. He could get traded by the Mets now or be traded in midseason.
Hopefully, the Mets’ brass will do the right thing by us fans and sign him to a new contract. Mets fans are parting LIKE THE RED SEA. To keep your fans, you need to sign him, along with the FACE OF THE FRANCHISE 3B David Wright.
It is truly is an honor to watch him and he needs to be a MET. Dickey wants to be here. Guys who show loyalty are what you want on your team. Forget he is 38. He is an unbelieveable teammate and person. Guys look to him for advice. That is something money can’t buy. He is as rare as they come. This is how much he wants to be here as seen here:
Another article from metsblog.com: Tonight on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, R.A. Dickey spoke with Kevin Burkhardt and Gary Cohen, and regarding his stay with the Mets, Dickey said:
“I love the Mets. And that hasn’t changed from the first opportunity I got against the Washington Nationals in 2010. There’s a part of me that really wants to be loyal to that. I think [Sandy Alderson] has a great plan for the future of the New York Mets. I’m sure it’s going to require a little vision, I’m sure it’s going to require a lot of hard work. But anything worth having – that’s what’s required. I’m on board, and I want to be part of the solution here. I love the fan base, my family loves being a New York Met, being in New York and all the stuff it has to offer outside of baseball. It’s given me the platform to do things that far transcend the game. Whether it’s pouring myself into a charity I am really passionate about, or writing a memoir that I feel like needed to be written. All these things, I don’t know if I could’ve done them if it weren’t for New York and being a New York Mets. I am aware of that, and I am appreciative of that. Because of that, I like being a Met, and I wouldn’t mind finishing my career as a Met.”
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