Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list takes a look at some of the strangest characters in Mets franchise history. Today we move on to the number sixth on our list, R.A. Dickey.
In 2010, both the Yankees and the Mets acquired pitchers to sure up their rotation. The Yankees sent Melky Cabrera to the Braves for 15-game winner Javier Vazquez, who also had an ERA under 3.00 in the season prior. The Mets on the other hand went the other way. Choosing to go a quieter route, they signed 35-year-old journeyman R.A. Dickey, a knuckleballer.
At the time, the signing of Jason Bay was the bigger move since they signed him to a deal worth 66 million dollars. As the season and time would progress, so would the difference in the production of the players and the expected outcome of the players. Both Jason Bay and Javier Vazquez would under perform in comparison to their hefty contracts. Bay suffered from bad performance and constant DL stints in his time with the Mets, while Vazquez got traded once again. Dickey on the other hand would not just perform, but he would eventually dominate opposing hitters.
Playing with the Mets from 2010-2012, Dickey went 11-9 with a 2.84 ERA in 2010, 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA in an injury-shortened season, and 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in a 2012 Cy Young Award-winning season.
In between that time, Dickey climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, wrote a book, and raised awareness for victims of sexual abuse and sex trades. Aside from being possibly the most reliable Met on the roster the past few seasons, Dickey was also a great humanitarian for the game.
Check back tomorrow as Mets 101 continues our countdown of the Seven most offbeat personalities in New York Mets history!
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