He was such a bright spot this season for Mets fans.
Here are his performance stats:
- 2.73 earned run average
- Innings pitched 233 2/3
- Strikeouts 230
- Complete games 5
- Shutouts 3
To complete 5 games in a season is a feat for current pitchers. Of all the records, I think complete games will stand with the record holder, Cy Young himself at 749 games. The list barely includes any recent players and by recent I mean those that pitched 30 or 40 years ago. The Mets won 74 games this year, so for Dickey to be responsible for 20 of those wins, is a big deal. Dickey is 38 and his pitch is the knuckleball. He is the first knuckleballer to win the award.
The humble R.A. said to MLB, "But for me, this is an honor to be shared. It's a great honor, and I am not a self-made man by any stretch of the imagination. There have been countless people who have poured into me in a way that has changed my life -- not only on the field, but off."
Note: R.A. stands for Robert Allen. I'd like to think it stands for Really Amazin'