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The BBWAA spoke in a major way regarding its decision as to who was worthy of the National League Cy Young Award.
R.A. Dickey received 27 of 32 first-place votes from NL writers who were obviously convinced that Dickey's knuckleball was the most dominant pitch in the National League this season.
What was truly remarkable about Dickey's performance was his incredible control with a pitch that can seemingly land anywhere and has a mind of its own.
Dickey's 1.053 WHIP was absolutely outstanding, as he walked only 2.1 batters per nine innings.
The knuckleball literally floats on air currents. With no spin at all, it's at the mercy of wind gusts. No knuckleball pitcher can ever accurately predict just where the ball will land.
That, to me, was what was so incredibly impressive about Dickey's season. The fact that he put up a 4.26 K/BB ratio with essentially one pitch that can land anywhere was clearly the deciding factor.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.