Dickey Greatest Knuckler EVER

After watching RA post his second consecutive 1 hit complete game shutout, this one featuring 13Ks, I don’t think there is any disputing he’s the best pitcher in the game.  

But at this point I think he’s also the Greatest Knuckleballer of all time.

Phil Niekro may have amassed the most wins but he was never as dominant as Dickey has become. Joe Niekro wasn’t as good as his brother. 

Charlie Hough had a multi decade career but was never a dominant. 

Eddie Cicotte is credited as the inventor of the knuckle ball and some say his was the nastiest of all but he was banned from baseball in 1919 after participating in the Black Sox scandal.

Hoyt Wilhelm was a tremendous reliever but, just like Cicotte, I certainly never saw him pitch.

Tom Candiotti was another long time knuckler but was never a guy who dominated any season.

Wakefield at his best was pretty damn good… But he was never the best pitcher in the game.

RA Dickey now stands atop this list. 

RA Dickey has brought the knuckler to a new level and has safely ensconced himself as President the fraternity of knuckle ballers.


12 Responses to “Dickey Greatest Knuckler EVER”

  1. Howard Says:

    Dickey is incredible. Where would we be withouth him. I am very very happy and relieved that the Mets have a team option on him for next year.

    I wonder how much he would command on the open market if he was a free agent after the season. Given that he is a knuckle ball pitcher with much less chance of arm injury than others, can pitch to a much later age effectively, and given that he is a #1 rotation guy now, I would say he would get at least $15 mil a year from some team.

  2. Kevin B Says:

    Plus he gives hopes to us in our 30s that there is still a chance to PLAY BALL! When you think that he is doing this at 37 years of age it makes you really get off your ass and want to get back in the gym!

  3. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    That was pretty special all right. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more dominant performance at a game that I’ve attended. It was ridiculous. Dickey came into the 9th inning, having thrown less that 100 pitches, for example. Other than a liner to Wright, there were really no hard hit balls all night. Almost every batter who didn’t K hit the ball to SS for the first 5 innings and later a few managed to hit it to second base. From the stands every ball looked low or high or wide by the time it hit Thole’s mitt, but unless there was a payoff to the home plate ump they all must have been in or near the strike zone at the crucial moment, as he was just calling strike after strike. Dickey is our own version of a must-see right now. I don’t know how long this can continue, but it’s like Doc in 84 or 85 at the moment–you don’t want to miss a pitch. I had to take my daughter out for a trip to the concession stand and rest room, so of course I missed seeing Ike’s blast, but there was no way I was going to leave my seat when R.A. was on the hill, so what can you do. I’ve seen grand slams before, but what R.A. is dealing at the moment, is pure “history.” Not to be missed.

  4. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Amazing stuff. LOVE this guy and can’t wait to read his book. He does make one believe anything is possible!

    And can we just say, Ike is back???

  5. Matt the Met Fan Says:

    Old enough to see Phil Niekro in his prime and his ball fluttered more ..sort of like hitting a butterfly .. reminded you of a Bugs Bunny baseball bit cartoon .. Dickeys ball moves like crazy!!

    It truly is a pleasure to watch and to see him dominate because of all he went through in his career.. a knuckler is considered a “last resort” - he has unbelievable control of it and is a credit to the game .. to think I can’t wait to see him pitch again .. that hasn’t happen since maybe Doc or Cone .. thanks RA !!

  6. Irish Mike Says:

    If it weren’t for my very shaky track record for 40+ years I would be starting to think I am one helluva good luck charm since in June 2012 the opposing teams in games I have attended are averaging 0.5 hits per game. RA was incredible. He was almost punking the Orioles hitters last night - you could see that he knew they couldn’t touch him. Johan is in the Mets hstory books and bravo for him but RA was 10x more dominant last night than Johan was. And how cool is it that with the Mets hitters flailing away in the early innings like the Orioles hitters were RA steps up and basically says “screw you guys since you can’t hit this guy I will now drive me in.”

  7. JoMama Says:

    RA’s book is amazing. I dare you to finish it in less than 2 days. It took me that long. Just awesome what this man has been through and what he’s experiencing now. The sooner you read it, the more you’ll start appreciating what kind of life he’s lived. We have a two headed ace, I love it.

  8. Phantom Says:

    One of the best baseball stories in a long time. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

    Go get ‘em RA.

  9. Met_Maven Says:

    R.A. Dickey has been a Godsend. Something that makes each Met fan wake up and pinch himself ever day to make sure that we’re not waking up from a dream after each awesome performance. Usually it’s after the Mets trade a player that they start performing as good as RA has for us. I’m proud to have a class act like Dickey on our team.

    That being said, I gotta give credit where credit is due, and thank Omar. From the “barren farm system” to Dickey and Santana, they all came from Omars administration. Hindsight being 20/20 it turns out Omars administration, while flawed, wasn’t that bad. We did get some good out of it, even if it wasn’t the instant gratification us NY fans seem to demand. I bashed him, but I’ll be one of the first to turn around and thank him.

  10. El Dude Says:

    Omar was always a great scout with a good eye for talent. He just didn’t have the other key elements that a great GM needs i.e. - a long-term strategy, dealmaking ability, etc.

    But enough about Mr. Know-what-I’m-sayin, how about RA DICKEY?! His accomplishments on their own are enough, but to do this as a knuckleballer?? To have pinpoint control of an uncontrollable pitch? Just incredible. I do hope the Wilpons give him a nice Christmas bonus for saving their bacon this season (all due respect to Sandy, Terry, and the other 24 guys on the roster).

  11. BlondiesJake Says:

    Another thing about Omar…he had no clue how to deal with the media. The combination of him and BIC Willie speaking to the press was just awful. Two arrogant fools thinking they were fooling everybody else.

  12. Eddie Says:

    I dont know if u should go as far as saying hes the greatest of all time thats crazy, its just one season yet im going as far as to say that is book is a sham and his moolestation allegations are just too convenient for him right noiw! i wrote all about it here so come check it out http://baseballpitboss.com/2012/06/is-r-a-dickey-dick-n-ing-baseball-fans-around-with-his-new-tell-all-book/

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