R.A. Dickey won 20 games this season. He posted a 2.73 ERA, led the National League in strikeouts with 230 and spent 233.2 innings on the mound for the New York Mets.
There's no way that he can repeat his inspiring 2012 season in 2013, right? A journeyman knuckleballer who didn't even know he was a knuckleballer until a few years ago can't string together consecutive Cy Young-caliber seasons, right?
It won't be another year until that question is answered, but Dickey will has established himself as an upper-echelon starting pitcher in this league. And it doesn't look like he's going anywhere.
Here are seven reasons why Dickey can give Major League Baseball an encore in 2013.