Although, I’m sure R.A. Dickey would rather still be playing right now than winning this award, the Mets knuckleballer has one thing that not even the Yankees’ captain does – the title of SB Nation’s New York MLB Player of the Year.
SB Nation’s baseball writer Rob Neyer agrees with the choice for Dickey over Jeter:
All things considered, Derek Jeter’s season was a phenomenal thing. But I will note, in passing, that he didn’t score 100 runs and that he’s enjoyed many seasons better than this one.
On the other hand, Dickey is a pretty good bet for the Cy Young Award, was one of the few season-long bright spots for a downtrodden franchise, and essentially established a new standard for knuckleball pitchers.
Both seasons were historic, in their different senses. But Dickey’s has the virtue of being slightly more valuable, purely in terms of wins and losses.