Tag Archives: cy young

Dickey deal finalized; Cy Young Award winner heading to Toronto for prospects


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the New York Mets

It’s official. The New York Mets have finalized a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that turned Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey into a bevy of top prospects.

The Mets amped up efforts to trade the 38-year-old knuckle-baller when talks of a contract extension between Dickey and the team broke down. After the teams agreed upon the players to be swapped, the Blue Jays were given a window to sign Dickey to an extension. Dickey will reportedly receive a two-year extension from the Blue Jays worth $25 million; he has one year remaining on his current deal for $5 million.

In the three years with the Mets, Dickey went 39-28 with a 2.95 ERA and 468 strikeouts in 617 innings.

“Now that it’s official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and encouragement I received from all of you. I’ve always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform. Thank you for making me feel wanted,” Dickey wrote in a series of tweets. “Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays.”

In exchange for the Cy Young-award winner, the Mets will reportedly receive catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra and catcher John Buck. Catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas will be heading north with Dickey.

The 23-year-old d’Arnaud was 19th on Baseball America’s midseason top 50 prospect list. Syndergaard, 20, who ranked as the Blue Jays number three prospect, projects as a potential top of the rotation starter, though he remains several years away from the majors.

The new Blue Jays will be reuniting with former Met Jose Reyes who was dealt to Toronto from Miami in a mega, 12-player deal earlier this year.

Dickey becomes the fourth Cy Young Award winner to be dealt in the offseason after receiving the prize for the league’s top pitcher, joining David Cone, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens.

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Today’s Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: LIC Bar: Comedy and Trivia Show

Every Thursday night Stephanie Holmes brings you hilarious and creative trivia. With categories like “name that burger” and audio rounds like “more cowbell” and “name that sha-la-la” you’re sure to have an interesting time. Every show features 3 stand up comedians to entertain you while we add up the points. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Jimmy Meng pleads guilty to federal wire fraud charges

Former Queens Assemblymember Jimmy Meng pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to federal wire fraud charges, according to the FBI. Meng, the father to newly elected Congressmember and current Assemblymember Grace Meng, reportedly entered the plea on November 14 at around 2 p.m. Read more: Queens Courier

Mitt Romney’s sour grapes to top donors

Mitt Romney can’t lay off the “47%.” The losing GOP presidential candidate unloaded a cartful of sour grapes on his top donors Wednesday, saying President Obama won because he handed out “big gifts” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. Read more: Daily News

FBI found classified information on mistress’s computer, gov’t documents in home: sources

The FBI found a substantial amount of classified information improperly secured on the personal computer of disgraced CIA director Gen. David Petraeus’ mistress, sources said yesterday. The files were discovered on a machine removed from Paula Broadwell’s Charlotte, NC, home as the feds investigated her sordid affair with the military commander whose biography she co-wrote. Read more: NY Post

R.A. Dickey wins NL Cy Young Award

In a lost season, R.A. Dickey was one of the Mets’ few bright spots. Responsible for 20 of the team’s 74 wins, Dickey took home the National League’s Cy Young award, beating a tough field that included last year’s winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals. Read more: Queens Courier

Caribbean diplomats return the favor

Caribbean nations are all too familiar with the wrath of hurricanes and the subsequent relief that flows from the U.S. But in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, high-ranking diplomats from a dozen Caribbean countries have pitched in to return the favor to their adopted city. Read more: Daily News

School’s out for jeans and jeggings

Teen fashion staples like jeans and jeggings aren’t simply banned from one Queens high school — wearing them can get students suspended, The Post has learned. The “business casual” code at Maspeth HS, which serves nearly 500 ninth- and 10th-graders, requires polo or collared shirts and sweaters, and slacks, khakis or corduroys — but strictly forbids the kids from donning jeans, tights, jeggings or even bright-colored pants. Read more: NY Post

R.A. Dickey wins NL Cy Young Award


| brennison@queenscourier.com

dickey-390x405

In a lost season, R.A. Dickey was one of the Mets’ few bright spots.

Responsible for 20 of the team’s 74 wins, Dickey took home the National League’s Cy Young award, topping a tough field that included last year’s winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals.

Dickey, a lightly regarded journeyman who picked up the knuckleball in an effort to prolong his evaporating career, became the first knuckleballer and third Mets player to take home the award honoring the league’s top pitcher. Doc Gooden won the award in 1985 and Tom Seaver was honored three times, 1969, 1973 and 1975.

“To have my name linked to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden is quite humbling,” said Dickey, the second-oldest first-time Cy Young winner.

The 38-year-old took 27 of the 32 first place votes.

David Price won the award in the American League.

The knuckleballer led the NL in innings, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts this year. He finished the season with a 20-6 record, a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts.

“I’d like to thank the fans. They stood behind me every time I took the mound. I wouldn’t have won this award without them,” said Dickey, who developed a rapport with the fans over his three years with the team.

The free-spirited Met climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the offseason to raise money for prostate cancer, and released a memoir detailing sexual abuse suffered as a child.

“R.A. is a great teammate, fierce competitor and even a better human being. No one deserves this award more than him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Following his final home start, and after earning his 20th victory, Dickey spoke about the possibility of winning the award.

“What kid doesn’t grow up wanting to be the best? I’ve always wanted to be the best,” Dickey said.

The journeyman turned Cy Young winner has one year worth $5 million remaining on his contract and has expressed a desire to finish his career in Queens, though no extensions have been finalized as the team is exploring all its options, including trades.

Coming into the year, Dickey collected just 41 wins over his first nine professional seasons. Dickey, who joined the Mets in 2010, did not make the team coming out of spring training that year, instead being sent to the minors. He was recalled in May and won 19 games over the next two years with an ERA just above 3.00 before jumping another level this past season.