About R.A. Dickey
American ex-professional baseball player R.A. Dickey has an estimated net value in the region of 30 million in 2021. Dickey was a player for Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Novel York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Courageouss.
- Born: Oct. 29, 1974
- Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 215 pounds
- Bats: Correct
- Throws: Correct
- Families: Wife, Anne, and four children (two daughters two sons)
- The primary position is: Starting pitcher
Before the big games:
- In his autobiography “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball,” Dickey stated that his sexual abuse started when he was 8 years old by the babysitter.
- He was a high school quarterback and pitcher at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. As a senior, he went 15-3 with 218 strikeouts. His team won the state title.
- In Round 10 of the draft, from the Detroit Tigers, but opted to sign a scholarship offer with the University of Tennessee, where the team was led by Todd Helton.
- Win 15 consecutive games during his freshman year in the University of Tennessee as well as being named All-American First-Team. As a sophomore, he went 14-4 and was instrumental in leading Tennessee Vols into winning the College World Series, and was 9-4, with 3 saves in junior. Also, an Academic All-American, majoring in English literature.
- A first-round selection of the draft in 1996 from the Texas Rangers with the No. 18 overall pick. He played for his U.S. national team in the 1996 Olympics winning each of his starts with the team that won gold.
- The Rangers discovered a problem with his elbow because his birth was with no ulnar collateral ligament, the Rangers decreased their bonus offer and he was signed at a price below market value, which was $75,000.
- Slowly progressed through the Rangers minor-league system having a 1-4 record with a 6.94 ERA in his first season with Single-A Charlotte and then moving into the bullpen as a closer during his second year, and he was able to save 38 games.
- Was 6-7 on Double-A Tulsa in 1999, dividing time between the bullpen and the rotation before moving up to six games with Triple-A Oklahoma.
- After a season of 8-9 at Triple-A in 2000, he was called up for a brief time in 2001. He went just 0-for-4 in four relief appearances for the Rangers but spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A. He was 11-7 with a 3.75 ERA. The entire 2002 season at Oklahoma City, going 8-7 with a 4.09 ERA.
- The Rangers the bullpen debut in 2003, and was moved to the rotation during the middle of the season, going 9-8 with the 5.09 ERA in 116 2/3 innings.
- The team was 4-1 when it first started in 2004 however, he went on to finish 6-7 and the 5.61 ERA, moving back to the bullpen.
- He was demoted into the minors back in 2005, and recorded a 10-6 record for Oklahoma, and played the majority of the year there too. With a slower-than-average fastball, curveball, and a forkball that was pitched with a knuckleball-like grip, he’d attained his maximum. He became an all-time knuckleball pitcher in Triple-A in 2005.
- Then let go of the Rangers Then he played with the Brewers in Triple-A where the team was with Ryan Braun at Nashville in 2007. He was able to win 14 games. The team signed him by the Minnesota Twins and then was selected at the Rule 5 draft with the Seattle Mariners.
- After returning to the majors from Seattle the following year, he finished eight-and-a-half with a 5.21 ERA in 2008 as a knuckleballer. This is not significantly better than the player he was in his time playing for the Rangers. Thrown 4 wild pitches in an inning which was the record for most major league games on the 17th of August. 17 the 17th of August, 2008.
- In the absence of a re-signing in Seattle however, he was a relief pitcher for the Twins and was bounced between Triple-A and the majors during 2009.
- The minor leaguer signed a deal for the Novel York Mets at age 35. Something finally was right with his knuckleball. In 2010, he started the season at Triple-A Buffalo and finished 4-2 with a 2.23 ERA in eight starts. The team called him up and he scored a career-high 11 wins and went 11-9, with a 2.84 ERA. The ERA was the seventh-highest among the NL.
- A complete 1-hitter in the game to the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 13 in 2010.
- The team signed a two-year deal with the Mets before the start of the 2011 season, for $7.5 million, and an option of $5 million for 2013.
- The Mets started 32 games. Mets and was 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA in 2011.
- The whole thing was in place in 2012. Threw 32 and a half consecutive innings of scoreless play at one point, and then threw successive one-hitters during June of 2012, making him the first to do so during the National League since 1944. He was named to his first All-Star team.
- He became the Mets the first team to win 20 games after Frank Viola in 1990, having a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA and a league-best 232 strikeouts in 233 1/3 innings.
- The winner was awarded the NL Cy Young award, the first knuckleball pitcher in history to receive the award, and also it was the 3rd Mets pitcher to take home the award.
- Transferred for the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2012, along with Josh Thole in exchange for three prospects and the catcher John Buck. He signed a two-year 25 million contract agreement in Blue Jays. Blue Jays.
On the other side of the fields:
- Ascended Mount Kilimanjaro after the 2011 season to increase awareness of the issue of human trafficking in India.
- The autobiography he co-wrote together with Novel York Daily Novels reporter Wayne Coffey, which was published in the year 2012.