Well, we didn’t win much this season but RA Dickey defied the odds and took home the NL Cy Young Award for best pitcher in the league.
It’s a rare feat for a Cy Young to be awarded to a pitcher on a crappy second division team like the Mets. To me Steve Carlton was the poster boy for this feat as he won his 1st Cy Young in ‘72 despite playing for a last place Phillies team that lost 97 games.
The Mets weren’t quite that bad but it’s still a tremendous feat for RA to pull off. I guess playing in NY helped his cause since his story was much more out there than it would have been if he were playing in KC but on the flip side I wonder if there’s any backlash towards the inept Mets in the baseball writers voting committee.
I guess the story of RA was just too good to be ignored. The guy pulled himself off the scrap heap after sputtering out in the Majors by learning a knuckler and coming all the way back to dominate and wear the greatest pitching crown there is.
Tremendous to see a knuckle baller take home a Cy Young because it’s a victory shared by all knucklers. These chosen few men who threw it in the bigs are a tight fraternity and I’m sure they’re all celebrating tonight.
I have to wonder how many knuckleballers are there in the Minors? I mean how many guys toil with that pitch and never solve it? You never hear about a promising minor leaguer who throws this junk pitch. I guenot a knuckle-baller isn’t really a buzz-worthy prospect because the guys throwing it have generally turned to the knuckle ball as a last resort when they couldn’t get guys out with their normal stuff.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a new generation of pitchers begin toying with the knuckle ball at a much younger age now.