Vols to honor R.A. Dickey during Kentucky game

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)

The University of Tennessee will welcome former Vol and winner of the 2012 National League Cy Young Award R.A. Dickey back to Rocky Top on Saturday when he will be honored on the field at the UT-Kentucky football game.

Dickey will be recognized for his remarkable achievements this season during the second timeout of the first quarter.

The first knuckleballer to ever win a Cy Young Award, Dickey finished the season with 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA, while leading the National League in strikeouts (230), innings pitched (233.2), complete games (five), shutouts (three) and quality starts (27).

His ERA was second in the league to only the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (2.53) and he trailed only Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals in wins (21).

With fellow Nashville native and SEC product David Price (Vanderbilt) winning the AL Cy Young Award this year, there have now been four former SEC pitchers to claim the honors. Dickey and Price join Arkansas’ Cliff Lee (AL – 2008) and Brandon Webb of Kentucky (NL – 2006) as Cy Young winners.

Dickey, who was coached by current UT head coach Dave Serrano and assistant coach Bill Mosiello during his time as a Vol, joined Ben Cantwell (1933) and Tommy Bridges (1934-36) as the only Tennessee players to win 20 games in the Major Leagues earlier this year.

The third-oldest player in MLB history to record 20 wins in a season, Dickey is also the first knuckleball pitcher to hit the threshold since Joe Niekro went 20-12 in 1980 with the Houston Astros.

During the same week in which he claimed the Cy Young Award, Dickey was also presented with the 2012 Branch Rickey Award by AMG National Trust Bank in Denver. That award honors individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people.

Dickey, who was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in January, is the only three-time First Team All-American in Tennessee baseball history earning the honors each year from 1994-96. He 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, the Nashville native wrote his name in the UT record book as the career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. Dickey also holds the school single-season records for wins and innings pitched and ranks third for strikeouts.

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huntined#565710 writes:

Will be GREAT to have him back on Rocky Top!!!

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