Cy Young preview? Players say Price, Dickey were MLB's best in 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:38pm
Staff reports

According to those who faced them all summer, two pitchers with Middle Tennessee ties were the best in the business.

David Price and R.A. Dickey were named Outstanding Pitcher in their respective leagues Monday when the Major League Players Association announced its Players Choice Awards.

Players from each league nominated and voted on the awards, which were revealed on MLB Network.

Price, a Murfreesboro native and Vanderbilt product, was named the American League’s Outstanding Pitcher. The hard-throwing left-hander finished 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts.

“To gain the respect of those guys and get their vote, that's very special to me and very special to the Rays and it's something that I cherish,” Price said, according to

Dickey, a Nashville native and University of Tennessee product, also won 20 games (he was 20-6) with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. The right-handed knuckleballer was the N.L. leader in innings, strikeouts, shutouts and complete games.

"It's really the ultimate show of respect, to have people that you played with and against acknowledge what you do," Dickey said. "It's really touching."

Price and Dickey are considered front-runners for the American and National League Cy Young Awards, which will be announced Nov. 14. Monday’s award presentation guarantees nothing in that regard but speaks well to their chances.

The Cy Young Award is presented annually to the best pitchers, one in each league, in Major League Baseball. Winners are determined by a vote of 32 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Mike Burch on 11/6/12 at 2:10

Here's hoping they both win. They both had magical seasons, and Dickey overcame a major health obstacle that required him to master baseball's most baffling pitch, the knuckleball. Phil Neikro, who knows the pitch as well as anyone, has lavished praise on Dickey for his accomplishments.

By: jwk6179 on 11/6/12 at 8:36

Unfortunately, the players don't vote for the Post-Season awards that count, Cy Young, MVP, Rookie of the Years, Manager of the Year, etc., the sportswriters do and their votes are usually go to players and pitchers on contending teams. I can see David Price winning it for the AL, but I think the sportswriter will probably give it to Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals over R.A. Dickey since he was one of the few bright spots for the New York Mets this season. Gonzalez' s stats are just as good as Dickey, with a couple of more wins than Dickey while playing on a contending team.

By: royt5 on 11/6/12 at 9:58

If I am not mistaken, both of these players should have been Vandy graduates. Dickey wanted to go to Vandy all along, but because of mixups with the administration or some matter like that, he wasn't going to be admitted. So he turned to UT.

By: TITAN1 on 11/6/12 at 1:07

Great awards! Being voted by those you played against mean so much more. Congrats to both!