Oct. 30, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Former National Freshman of the Year and All-American with the Vols, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was named the Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award winner on Tuesday.
Dickey is the third former Vol to earn a Gold Glove, joining Chase Headley who won it last season as the San Diego Padres third basemen and Todd Helton who won three as the Colorado Rockies first basemen in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
The 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner with the New York Mets, Dickey edged Toronto teammate Mark Buehrle and Detroit right-hander Doug Fister to earn the first Gold Glove of his career. The award is handed out to the best defensive player at each position in both the American and National League.
Dickey, who just completed his first year in Toronto, led all AL pitchers in assists with 40, and he finished tied for third in range factor per game at 1.50, according to Baseball Reference. He also ranked first in the AL with seven defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs, and he limited the opposition to just eight stolen bases despite being a knuckleballer.
The Nashville native never missed a start this season, pitching the second-most innings in the league (224.2) and finishing the year with a 14-13 record and 4.21 ERA. He was tied for third in the AL with three complete games and won six of his final eight decisions for the Blue Jays.