February 19th, 2014
Homer Bailey, arguably the Cincinnati Reds’ best pitcher, has avoided arbitration by signing a contract extension for 6 years and $105 million. There is also an option for a 7th year worth 25 million. In 2013, Bailey had the best season of his career, throwing his second career no-hitter, while posting career bests in innings pitched with 209, strikeouts with 199, and ERA with a 3.49. For many more years to come, the 27 year-old Bailey will be part of a young and strong rotation in Cincinnati that already includes Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos.
R.A Dickey, 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner, (and probably my favorite ball player of all time) was recently announced as Toronto’s Opening Day Starting Pitcher, when Dickey was on the Mets, he was simply my favorite pitcher, and that wasn’t because of his profound 2012 season. It was because of his very wholesome nature, that I read about in his book “Wherever I Wind Up”, it is simply my favorite book of all time, and Baseball wasn’t the only reason. I find myself not understanding religious concepts as much as I could, the only time I go to church, was when my Grandmother took me to as a kid. I’m positive those exact words were spoken in Mr.Dickey’s book. Now I am 14 years old, and I feel more inspired to do things I haven’t thought about before. Dickey being traded was a sad moment for me, yet it all worked out well in the end for the Mets. R.A Dickey’s knuckleball is also pretty amazing. I’m still trying to figure out the dynamics of the pitch, yet it seems pretty hard to master. I believe R.A has inspired other people as well to cherish their careers as well.