Tennessee natives R.A. Dickey, David Price on brink of baseball immortality

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) works in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, July, 14, 2012 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John bazemore)

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) works in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, July, 14, 2012 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John bazemore)

NASHVILLE - R.A. Dickey and David Price are separated by one pitch, one generation, two area high schools and two rival universities.

Today, the two Middle Tennesseans are joined as finalists for the most prestigious honor a Major League Baseball pitcher can receive — the Cy Young Award.

The 38-year-old Dickey, a Montgomery Bell Academy graduate and former University of Tennessee standout, is one of three finalists in the National League.

The New York Mets’ right-hander reinvented himself in his 30s with the knuckleball and has found a way to harness and control the pitch’s unpredictable nature with prolific results.

Continue reading at The Tennessean.

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