July 11, 2012
New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey became the sixth former Tennessee player to participate in a Major League All-Star Game, firing a scoreless inning in the National League's 8-0 win over the American League on Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Dickey's All-Star game appearance was the 23rd by a former Vol, the most of any school in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is second with 22 total appearances.
Tommy Bridges and Ed Bailey lead the way for former Tennessee players with six All-Star Game appearances each, while Todd Helton has made five, Phil Garner made three and Rick Honeycutt appeared in two.
On Tuesday, Dickey pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning as he combined with 10 other NL pitchers to throw a six-hit shutout. He yielded a leadoff single to rookie sensation Mike Trout, a former pupil of current UT assistant coach Bill Mosiello, before striking out Mike Trumbo. He then hit Paul Konerko in the shoulder, but bounced right back to get Miguel Cabrera to bounce into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Dickey received strong consideration to be the National League's starting pitcher after his incredible first half to the 2012 campaign. At 12-1, he is currently tied for the best record in Major League Baseball. The Nashville native also ranks second with a 0.93 WHIP, fourth with 123 strikeouts and seventh with a 2.40 ERA, .203 opponent's batting average and 120.0 innings pitched.
Earlier this season, he became the first pitcher in MLB history to strike out eight or more batters without allowing an earned run in five consecutive starts, spinning three complete games and becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one hitters since 1988 during that span.