NEW YORK (AP/WATE) - After years of struggling through the majors and the minor league system, who knew adopting the knuckleball would be the key to success for New York Mets pitcher, R.A. Dickey. At 38 years old, the former Vol is a Cy Young winner.
Dickey wins the The National League Cy Young Award. He got 27 of the 32 of the first place votes to become the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award. Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Washington's Gio Gonzalez finished distant second and third, respectively.
Dickey finished the season with 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA, while leading the league in strikeouts (230), innings pitched (233.2), complete games (five), shutouts (three) and quality starts (27).
His ERA was second in the league to only the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (2.53) and he trailed only Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals in wins (21).
The third-oldest player in MLB history to record 20 wins in a season, Dickey is also the first knuckleball pitcher to hit the threshold since Joe Niekro went 20-11 in 1980 with the Houston Astros. Dickey is the first Mets pitcher with 20 wins since Frank Viola in 1990.
The award caps an eventful year for Dickey, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in January, published a memoir during spring training that included details of sexual abuse he allegedly suffered as a child, tossed a franchise-record 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings during the first half and made his first All-Star team.
Fellow Nashville Native and Vanderbilt product, David Price of Tampa Bay is the winner of the American League Cy Young Award edging Detroit's Justin Verlander by four points for the honor.
Price picked up 14 first place votes in the balloting to 13 for Verlander.
Price won 20 games and posted a season-low 2.56 ERA. His 205 strikeouts were sixth best in the league.
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