Former Vol R.A. Dickey named to All-Star team

The New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey pitches to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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The New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey pitches to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Former Vol flamethrower R.A. Dickey’s transformation into a knuckleball pitcher has reached new heights as he was named to the National League All-Star Team on Sunday.

“It’s not an honor just for me,” Dickey said. “It’s an honor for every person that’s ever supported me and helped me along the way. For every fan that believed special things could happen, if you apply yourself.”

Dickey becomes the fifth former Tennessee player to earn a spot on an All-Star Game roster, joining Ed Bailey (1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963), former teammate Todd Helton (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Phil Garner (1976, 1980, 1981) and Rick Honeycutt (1980, 1983).

The New York Mets starting pitcher leads all Major League hurlers with a 12-1 record and 0.88 WHIP, ranks second with an opposing batting average of .190, third with an ERA of 2.15 and fourth with 116 strikeouts.

With Dickey as a prime candidate, starting pitchers for the Midsummer Classic will be announced later this week.

Inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in February, Dickey is the only three-time First Team All-American in UT baseball history, claiming the honors each year from 1994-96. The Nashville native was also a two-time first team All-SEC selection and an academic All-American following his junior year. In addition, he was a member of the bronze-medal winning 1996 Team USA Olympic team in Atlanta.

During his time at Rocky Top, Dickey wrote his name in the UT record book as the career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. He also holds the school single-season records for wins and innings pitched and ranks third for strikeouts.

Since being selected as with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, Dickey has embarked on a 10-year career in the big leagues. In addition to the Rangers, he has also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins before joining his current team, the New York Mets in 2010.

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ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Great to hear.. Gotta pull for anyone who basicly throws his arm away then re-invents himself with a knuckleball. Great comeback from being all but done a couple of times as he constantly bounced back to Triple A. Happy for him

volgrog#210164 writes:

The only news here would have been if he hadn't been selected to the all-star team. Kind of like Peyton not winning the Heist-man.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

rtrtatt, any Gumps make the team?

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