On his 39th birthday, R.A. Dickey was given his first Gold Glove Award of his career. The Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer has always been known for his solid fielding, but could never really get over the hump and past the likes of teammate Mark Buehrle in the race for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Buehrle had won the award for the past four straight seasons, winning it in both the American and National Leagues. Although Dickey has to be happy with the fact that he is being recognized for his stellar fielding, you’d have to think that he would trade it in to be in talks for another Cy Young Award instead.
Although Dickey finished his first season with the Blue Jays on a relatively high note, his start to the season was undeniably forgettable. Dickey made it hard for the lineup behind him to put enough runs on the board to secure a victory, as he was often giving up home run after home run. His knuckleball wasn’t dancing at all, instead making it’s way across the plate in pure beach-ball form, fat enough for any batter to knock it out of the park.
Rather than Dickey being recognized for fielding balls that have been hit towards him, I’m sure he would rather be recognized for making batters look silly after they try desperately to make contact with his crafty pitch. As much of an honor as it must be to receive the Gold Glove Award, Dickey needs to find that knuckleball magic that he once had with the New York Mets in 2012 if the Blue Jays want to be who they thought they were going to be coming into the 2013 season (favorites to win in the American League East). As far as he is concerned, he shouldn’t want any of his pitches to be hit at all.