On Friday, August 13, 2010, R.A. Dickey threw a one-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies. Yes, the very same R.A. Dickey who was once the property of your Seattle Mariners. What we wouldn’t give to have that guy back right now.
Needless to say, letting Dickey go (for nothing, by the way) may have been a bad move. The right-hander is 8-5 with a 2.43 ERA for a New York Mets ballclub that isn’t very good. And yet he started the year in the minors.
I don’t know what it is about Dickey that doesn’t immediately appeal to Major League Baseball teams. Maybe it’s the hard knuckleball he employs. Maybe it’s his lack of an ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow (the Tommy John ligament). Maybe it’s the fact that he’s just a decent guy who’s easy to turn away. Who knows for sure. All I know is, Dickey is the bomb.
Which leads me to my story within a story.
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Forget Stephen Strasburg (and it pains me to say that, because I love the guy). There are players much more deserving of a trip to the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game than the Washington Nationals’ young ace. And even though the flame-throwing phenom might end up in Anaheim on July 13, my only hope is that these three guys will join him there.
R.A. Dickey, Starting Pitcher, New York Mets
As more or less a career minor leaguer, R. A. Dickey hasn’t even had the opportunity to fathom what playing in a big league All-Star game might be like. This year, the knuckleballer — along with his 6-1 record and 2.98 ERA — should at least be allowed to consider Disneyland as part of his travel plans over the break.
A former first-round draft pick by Texas in 1996, Dickey has quite the backstory leading up to what has arguably become his most productive major league season so far.
After being taken 18th overall by the Rangers in the ’96 June Amateur Draft, a team doctor saw a photo of Dickey on the cover of a magazine and noticed that the right-hander’s pitching arm looked a little funny. The organization put Dickey through medical testing prior to signing him and discovered that he lacked the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, also known as the ligament that requires repair when a pitcher undergoes Tommy John surgery.
Because of this revelation, Dickey was offered a $75,000 signing bonus, as opposed to the $810,000 bonus the team initially had on the table. The University of Tennessee product was forced to accept this reduced offer, and thus began an unpredictable journey through professional baseball.
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