A member of the New York Mets from 2010 to 2012, R.A. Dickey not only re-invented himself as a pitcher, but elevated his game to unforeseen heights, becoming the ace of the Met staff and taking the baseball world by storm with his knuckleball skills. While en route to his first and (to date) only Cy Young award, Dickey rode his early season success into the mid-summer classic, the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City.
By the July break, Dickey had already claimed National League Pitcher of the Month honors, posting an unbelievable 5-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in six starts. He finished the first half of the 2012 season with a 12-1 record with a 2.40 ERA, 123 strikeouts and three complete games, including two shutouts. Dickey threw back-to-back one-hitters in the weeks after Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1, shutting down the Rays and Orioles on June 13 and 18.
Dickey was the fan favorite to start the All-Star Game given his recent dominance of the game but National League manager Tony La Russa gave the nod to San Francisco's Matt Cain. Dickey did appear in the contest, tossing a scoreless sixth inning, allowing just one hit and striking out one. The NL sailed to an 8-0 win over the American League, their third straight All-Star victory.
Following the season, the Mets chose to deal R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays rather than extend his contract. Dickey inked a new three year extension with Toronto while the Mets received two players who could become future All Stars for them: catcher Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. Dickey struggled in his transition to the American League in 2013, going 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA, which made the deal look shrewd for GM Sandy Alderson at this point. Time will tell who was the ultimate winner of the deal, but Dickey did give Mets fans a season to remember in 2012 and may have helped lay the foundation for the next Mets contender.
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