Knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey ascended a different type of mountain on Wednesday as the New York Mets starting pitcher was named the recipient of the 2012 Cy Young Award. The 38-year-old became the third Met to achieve the feat, joining Tom Seaver (1969, ’73, ’75) and Dwight Gooden (’85).
R.A. who started 2012 by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, also published a memoir had a season to remember for Mets fans on the hill making his first All-Star team. The starter had three shutouts in 2012, which was the most by a Met since David Cone had five in 1992.
Dickey led the National League in quality starts (27), strikeouts (230) and innings pitched (233 2/3) while finishing second in ERA at 2.73. He also finished up the 2012 season with 20 wins and a .769 winning percentage.
Now the question on every Mets’ fans mind is if the starter will stay with the team for the future. It has been reported that negations are still in the works to keep Dickey past next season. There are many that feel that the starter has been the breath of fresh air for a team full of potential, and it has been stated that R.A. wishes to remain in New York.
For now though, Mets fans can enjoy the feel good story that is R.A. Dickey who continues to climb new heights with every award that he wins and every record that is broken on the mound.