Mets’ Dickey Hopes All-Star Start Snub Wasn’t Based On Knuckleball

CBS New York

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WFAN/AP) — Owner of the best record in baseball, R.A. Dickey was hoping to become the first knuckleballer to start an All-Star game since Dutch Leonard in 1943.

A 12-1 record wasn’t good enough. Tony La Russa picked San Francisco’s Matt Cain to start for the National League on Tuesday night.

“I’m not going to break down in tears over it, but at the same time I’m a competitor. I want to pitch. I want to start,” Dickey said Monday. “I feel like I had a good enough first half that I should be considered. But I’m not the boss. I don’t necessarily have to agree with him, but I have to respect it. That’s just the way it is.”

Detroit’s Justin Verlander will start for the American League as the All-Stars return to Kansas City for the first time since 1973.

La Russa, who retired after…

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