Last night, the Baseball Writer's Association of America named New York Mets knuckle baller R.A. Dickey as the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner while Tampa Bay Rays ace, David Price won the 2012 American League Cy Young Award.
R.A. Dickey finished one of the most improbable seasons in MLB history. Prior to this season, his best season was in 2010 when he finished with a 11-9 record in his first season with the Mets. His overall career record as 41-50. He became a big sensation prior to this season starting when he released his autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball which talks about his his dealings with abuse as a child
Dickey's 2012 season got off to a tremendous start as he was 12-1 at the All-Star break, as he was named a MLB All-Star for the first time of his career. In June, he became the first pitcher since 1945 to throw consecutive 1-hitters. His streak on 44 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings is a New York Mets team record. He is the the first knuckleballer in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award.
David Price won his first of what could be many Cy Young awards. He narrowly beat out Detroit Tigers ace and 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander by 4 points. It was the closest race since 1969 when Denny McClain of the Tigers tied Mike Cueller of the Orioles for the award. He finished with a 20-5 record and had a microscopic ERA of only 2.56.
Congratulations to both pitchers on such outstanding seasons.
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