R.A. Dickey
Baseball player
R.A. Dickey
Robert Allen "R.A. " Dickey is an American baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets. After limited success in the majors as a conventional starting pitcher, he learned to throw a knuckleball. As of the 2012 season, Dickey is the only active player in the majors who uses the knuckleball as his primary pitch.
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With Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey, Braves Look to Contend Now
NYTimes - 3 months
Atlanta, after a promising finish to last season, is hoping it has found a short-term fix for its starting rotation.
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R. A. Dickey Isn’t Done; Signs One-Year Deal With Atlanta Braves
NYTimes - 3 months
Dickey, 42, the knuckleball pitcher who won a Cy Young Award with the Mets in 2012, had contemplated retirement.
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R. A. Dickey Isn’t Done; Signs One-Year Deal With Atlanta Braves
NYTimes - 3 months
Dickey, 42, the knuckleball pitcher who won a Cy Young Award with the Mets in 2012, had contemplated retirement.
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Tuesday's recap: White Sox 10, Blue Jays 1
Chicago Tribune - 10 months
Avisail Garcia and Dioner Navarro homered off Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey to help lift the White Sox to a 10-1 victory Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre. Garcia’s solo shot to center field in the second inning was his third of the season and was his third hit in two games against the Blue...
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Dickey Tosses 3 Scoreless Innings, Blue Jays Top Braves 3-1
NYTimes - 12 months
R.A. Dickey tossed three scoreless innings, Michael Saunders hit his third homer in as many games and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Monday.
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Royals 14, Blue Jays 2: Royals Accuse Blue Jays, Then Win With an Outburst
NYTimes - over 1 year
The Royals accused the Blue Jays’ batters of stealing signs from their pitchers, then they pounded the knuckleball pitcher R. A. Dickey on their way to grabbing a three-games-to-one series lead.
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For Game 4 of the A.L.C.S., a Matchup of Former Mets Is One for the Bookish
NYTimes - over 1 year
The Blue Jays’ R. A. Dickey, and the Royals Chris Young, the scheduled starters for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, are Mets castoffs who are members of baseball’s intellectual elite.
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Toronto bats fire to stave off elimination
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Blue Jays stayed alive in the postseason by relying on the long ball and their two Cy Young Award winners on Monday. Toronto clubbed three home runs -- all in the first two innings -- to back pitchers R.A. Dickey and David Price, beating the Texas Rangers 8-4 and even the American League Division Series at two games apiece. The deciding Game Five will be played on Wednesday in Toronto.
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Walks Hurt Dickey as Blue Jays Lose 2-1
NYTimes - almost 2 years
R.A. Dickey lost control of his knuckleball, and it cost the Toronto Blue Jays the lead.
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Baseball-List of National League Cy Young Award winners
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Nov 13 (Reuters) - List of National League Cy Young Award winners after Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers was named the 2013 recipient. 2013 - Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 - R.A. Dickey, New York Mets 2011 - Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 2010 - Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies 2009 - Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants 2008 - Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants 2007 - Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres 2006 - Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks 2005 - Chris Carpenter, St. ...
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R.A. Dickey's unlikely success story
CNN - over 3 years
R.A. Dickey discusses his struggles on and off the field and becoming the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award.
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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Sept 27 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games. - - Blue Jays 6, Rays 3 R.A. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a season-high three errors by the Tampa Bay Rays to post a 6-3 victory. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Rays (90-70), who entered the game occupying the first American League wild-card spot. The Rays had committed only 56 errors this season, the second lowest total behind Baltimore, who have committed just 52. ...
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RA Dickey, Blue Jays shut down slumping New York - Boston.com
Google News - over 3 years
National Post RA Dickey, Blue Jays shut down slumping New York Boston.com R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered and the Blue Jays beat New York, 2-0, Tuesday in Toronto, the slumping Yankees' fourth straight loss. New York, which came in 2½ games behind ... GIF: RA Dickey throws a side-arm knuckleballCBSSports.com all 236 news articles »
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On November 3, Dickey's $12 million option for 2016 was exercised by the Blue Jays.
    More Details Hide Details During the offseason, he underwent surgery to repair a tear in his right meniscus. Dickey relies primarily on the knuckleball. He uses the pitch around 80% of the time. His repertoire is rounded out by two-seam and four-seam fastballs (82–85 mph) and a rare changeup (76–78 mph). Dickey's knuckleball comes in two forms — a "slow" knuckler in the low-to-mid 70s that has been clocked as low as 54 mph, and a "fast" one in the upper 70s, sometimes reaching as fast as 83 mph. Dickey tends to use the slow knuckleball when he is behind in the count, using the fast one when he is ahead. However, he resorts to a fastball in most 3–0 and 3–1 counts.
    After limited success in the majors as a conventional starting pitcher, Dickey learned to throw a knuckleball. As of the 2016 season, he is one of only two active players in the majors who use the knuckleball as a primary pitch.
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  • 2015
    Dickey opened the 2015 season as the number two starter in the Jays rotation.
    More Details Hide Details On June 18, he made his first start against the Mets since being traded in 2012, and pitched 7 innings in a 7–1 win. Dickey was placed on the bereavement list the following day after it was revealed that his father, Harry Lee Dickey, had died on June 16. At the All-Star break, Dickey had a 3–10 record and a 4.87 ERA. He would turn his season around after the break, and earned his 100th career win on September 25. Dickey pitched a little over ninety-nine innings after the All-Star break, fourth most in the American League, resulting in eight wins with only one loss, 6th best in the AL. His ERA was a meagre 2.80 over that period, which would have tied him for the best in the American League with Justin Verlander (50 inning minimum), had it not been for two other Jays starters, Marco Estrada, with a 2.78 ERA, and David Price, at 2.55. Overall Dickey finished the season with an 11–11 record, 3.91 ERA, and 126 strikeouts in 214 innings pitched. He made his postseason debut on October 12, starting game 4 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers. At 40 years of age, Dickey became the oldest player in MLB history to make his postseason debut.
  • 2014
    Dickey began the 2014 season with a 4–4 record and a 4.20 ERA through his first 10 starts.
    More Details Hide Details On May 24, he won his fifth game of the season, 5–2 over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics. In doing so, he lowered his ERA to 3.95, the first time in his tenure as a Blue Jay in which his ERA has been below 4. On June 27, Dickey recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, coming against Tyler Flowers of the Chicago White Sox. He would start the final game of the Blue Jays season on September 28, against the Baltimore Orioles, and would pitch 6 innings and yield only 1 run, but Toronto would lose 1–0. Dickey finished the season with a 14–13 record, 3.71 ERA, 173 strikeouts, and a 1.23 WHIP in 34 starts totaling 215 innings.
  • 2013
    Dickey was a member of the US Olympic Baseball team that won a bronze medal in Atlanta. Dickey started two games, recording wins in both. 17 years later, Dickey once again pitched for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details He started two games, going 0–1 with a 5.00 ERA. Dickey is married and has two daughters and two sons. A born-again Christian, he helps operate the Ocala, Florida-based Honoring the Father Ministries which provides medical supplies, powdered milk and baseball equipment to the impoverished in Latin America.
    He was awarded the 2013 Pitcher's Fielding Bible on October 28, 2013, and was announced as the AL Pitcher's Gold Glove Award winner on October 29.
    More Details Hide Details Dickey led all American League pitchers with 40 assists and 7 defensive runs saved, and yielded only 8 stolen bases.
    On February 5, 2013, manager John Gibbons said Dickey would be the opening day starter for the Blue Jays.
    More Details Hide Details Dickey lost his first start for his new team, giving up four runs and five hits in six innings in a loss to the Cleveland Indians. Dickey pitched his first complete game and shutout as a Blue Jay in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 26. Dickey would finish his first season as a Blue Jay with a record of 14–13, an ERA of 4.21, and 177 strikeouts over 224 innings pitched. On October 25, Dickey was announced as a finalist for the AL Pitcher's Gold Glove, along with teammate Mark Buehrle and Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister.
  • 2012
    On June 20, 2012, it was reported that Dickey was helping coach an 18-year-old knuckleball pitcher from Long Island, helping him become a walk-on pitcher for the University of Maryland Terrapins.
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    In September 2012, Dial Press announced a deal with Dickey to publish three books, including a children's version of his memoir, which is scheduled for the fall of 2013.
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    His autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, written along with New York Daily News reporter Wayne Coffey, was released in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In the book, Dickey reports suffering sexual abuse as an 8-year-old child by a 13-year-old female babysitter, and later by a teenage male, and discusses his struggles with suicidal thoughts as an adult.
    On December 16, 2012, the Mets agreed to trade Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays (along with Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas) in exchange for Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck, Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra, contingent upon his agreeing to a contract extension with the Blue Jays.
    More Details Hide Details The two sides agreed on December 17 to a two-year, $25-million extension with a club option for a third year in 2016 at $12 million; the deal became official once he passed his physical.
    For the 2012 season, Dickey set new career bests in games started (33), wins (20), complete games (5), shutouts (3), innings pitched, strikeouts (230), ERA (2.73), WHIP (1.05), and BAA (.226).
    More Details Hide Details Dickey won the NL Cy Young Award, beating out Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. He became the first knuckleballer in MLB history to win the award. He also became the third Met pitcher to win the award, joining Tom Seaver (, and) and Dwight Gooden.
    Dickey won his 20th game of the season on September 27, 2012, tying his career high with 13 strikeouts.
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    On July 1, 2012, Dickey was named to the National League All-Star team.
    More Details Hide Details He was also honored with being the National League Pitcher of the Month after going 5–0 with a .93 ERA for the month of June. On August 31, Dickey pitched his third complete game shutout of his year. The win marked the first time a Met pitcher had reached 17 wins since Al Leiter in 1998.
    Dickey was the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach 10 wins in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In his next start, Dickey pitched a complete game one-hit shutout against the Orioles, becoming the first pitcher since Dave Stieb in 1988 to throw two consecutive one-hitters. He also became only the third pitcher, after Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan, to have two complete game one-hitters with 12 or more strikeouts in one season, and the only pitcher to do it in back-to-back starts. During this streak, Dickey set a new Mets franchise record of consecutive scoreless innings, besting Jerry Koosman's in 1973.
    Over the two games, Dickey allowed one run in innings for an ERA of .63, and he was named National League Player of the Week for the week ending May 27, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In Dickey's next two starts, he pitched innings, allowing no runs. During his next outing on June 13, Dickey allowed only one hit, struck out a career-high 12 batters, and walked none, facing only 29 total batters to lead the Mets to a 9–1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The only hit was an infield single by B.J. Upton on a play where third baseman David Wright tried to barehand the ball but failed to field it cleanly. The Mets formally appealed the official scorekeeping of the only hit allowed to be changed to an error on Wright, but MLB denied the appeal.
    Dickey returned from this trip in January 2012 with Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello and the Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Kevin Slowey, and together raised over $100,000.
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    Dickey's performance in the first half of 2012 drew comparisons to some of the most dominant pitching streaks of the last 50 years.
    More Details Hide Details Mets Manager Terry Collins remarked, "I've never seen anything like this. Never. I've seen some dominant pitching, but nothing like what he's going through right now." Hall of Fame Pitcher and fellow knuckleballer Phil Niekro commented on Dickey, "I had a few streaks, but nothing like he's going through. I don't know if any other knuckleballer has ever been on a hot streak like he has been. He is just dynamite right now." Dickey recorded double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back games in May, becoming the first Mets pitcher to do so since Pedro Martínez in 2006.
    In 2012, Dickey was selected to his first All-Star Game, won the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award, and became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.
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  • 2011
    During the 2011 season, Dickey posted career bests in game starts (32), innings pitched and strikeouts (134).
    More Details Hide Details He finished the year with a record of only 8–13, despite a 3.28 ERA that was 12th best in the National League.
    His 2011 season was followed in the documentary film Knuckleball!
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    Under the agreement, Dickey received a $1 million signing bonus, $2.25 million in 2011, and $4.25 million in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, the Mets had a $5 million option for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout.
    On January 29, 2011, Dickey agreed to a two-year contract with the Mets.
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  • 2010
    In 2010, Dickey posted career highs in Games Started (26), wins (11), complete games (2), innings pitched (174.1), strikeouts (104), ERA (2.84), WHIP (1.19), and BAA (.252).
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    Dickey finished the 2010 season with a very strong ERA of 2.84, which was 7th best in the National League and 10th in all of baseball, and served as a rare bright spot on an otherwise disappointing season for the Mets.
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    On August 13, 2010, Dickey threw a complete game one-hit shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies — the only hit being a single surrendered to Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels.
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    On May 19, 2010, the New York Mets purchased Dickey's contract from the Buffalo Bisons, and he made his first appearance as a Met against the Washington Nationals on the same day.
    More Details Hide Details In his debut for the Mets, Dickey pitched well, going six innings, giving up five hits, two earned runs, and striking out two, but received a no-decision. His next start, May 25 against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went six innings again, giving up 9 hits, walking 3 and striking out 7 in an 8–0 shutout for his first victory as a Met.
    On January 5, 2010, Dickey signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, receiving an invitation to spring training.
    More Details Hide Details He was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons to begin the season. While playing for the Bisons, Dickey threw a one-hitter on April 29. He gave up a single to the first batter, and then retired the next twenty-seven in a row.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    He would go on to pitch in 35 games for the Twins in 2009.
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  • 2008
    He became a free agent after the season after refusing a minor league assignment. On December 23, 2008, Dickey signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Minnesota Twins.
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    In 2008, he led the majors in games started with fewer than five days of rest, with six.
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    On August 17, 2008, Dickey tied the record for most wild pitches in an inning, with four.
    More Details Hide Details This came against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning. He joins four others, including Hall of Famers Walter Johnson and Phil Niekro, who have accomplished this feat.
    On March 29, 2008, the Mariners traded minor league catcher Jair Fernandez to the Twins to retain the rights for Dickey and initially optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma, recalling him to the major league club on April 14.
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  • 2007
    Dickey became a minor league free agent after the season. On November 28, 2007, he signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins that included an invitation to spring training, but was claimed in the Rule 5 draft by the Seattle Mariners on December 6, 2007.
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    On January 13, 2007, he signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and spent the 2007 season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.
    More Details Hide Details After finishing the season with a 12–6 record and a 3.80 ERA, Dickey was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year.
  • 2006
    At the beginning of the 2006 season, the Rangers gave Dickey a chance to try out his knuckleball at the major league level by naming him the 5th starter.
    More Details Hide Details However, after giving up 6 home runs in his first start on April 6, tying the modern era baseball record with another knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, he was demoted to the Rangers' Triple-A minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma RedHawks.
  • 2005
    Throughout his career, Dickey did not know that his "forkball" pitch was actually a hard knuckleball, but by 2005, Dickey had realized that the best way to extend his career was to perfect the pitch.
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  • 2001
    Dickey debuted with the Rangers in 2001. "His stuff was dime-a-dozen, though: a high-80's fastball, an occasional fringy breaking ball, and a forkball he dubbed 'The Thing.'" The start of the 2004 season was thought to be a turning point in Dickey's career, as he managed to compile a 4–1 record through his first five starts.
    More Details Hide Details This hot streak was short-lived, however, and he ended up finishing the season a disappointing 6–7 with a 5.61 ERA.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (18th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft.
    More Details Hide Details After being drafted by the Rangers, Dickey was initially offered a signing bonus of $810,000, before a Rangers team physician saw Dickey's throwing (right) arm hanging oddly in a picture of him with other Team USA players in Baseball America. The Rangers subsequently did further evaluation of Dickey, leading to the discovery of a missing ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow joint, and reduced their offer to $75,000. Dickey has been quoted as saying, "Doctors look at me and say I shouldn't be able to turn a doorknob without feeling pain," making his ability to pitch somewhat remarkable.
  • 1993
    Dickey attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round (277th overall) of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign.
    More Details Hide Details Dickey attended the University of Tennessee, where he played college baseball for the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference. He majored in English literature at Tennessee, where he had a 3.35 GPA and was named Academic All-American. He was also named Academic All-SEC.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born on October 29, 1974.
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