In another dreadful season for Mets fans, this is something to be proud of. Now, if only the Wilpons would sell the team.
If 2012 turns out to be R.A. Dickey’s final season with the Mets, he certainly made it count.
Dickey became just the third Met — and first knuckleballer — to win the National League Cy Young Award yesterday.
“This is a victory for everyone who threw the pitch,” Dickey said on a conference call after getting 27 of 32 first-place votes to easily outpace the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and join Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets to capture the award.
It’s also the culmination of an incredible career rebirth for the 38-year-old who led the NL with 230 strikeouts, five complete games, three shutouts and 233 2/3 innings.
His 20 wins were one short of Washington’s Gio Gonzalez, who finished in third place, and Dickey’s 2.73 ERA was second to Kershaw’s 2.53.
The highlight of Dickey’s 2012 campaign was a 44 2/3-inning scoreless streak that spanned from May 22 through June 24. The Mets won 14 of his 17 first-half starts, earning Dickey his first All-Star Game appearance.
“This is an honor to be shared,” Dickey said on MLB Network. “There have been countless people that poured into me … and this is a victory for all of us.”
The next step in Dickey’s career with the Mets is still to be determined.