We wouldn't argue too much with anyone who picks David Wright, but for sheer value, sheer entertainment, and sheer inspiration—the entire package—the best and most valuable Met of the 2012 season is R.A. Dickey. If his second half wasn't quite as dynamic as his first (12-1), did you really expect him to have a .923 win-loss percentage for the entire season? Lots of pitchers have thrown unhittable knuckleballs, but Dickey is the first pitcher in major-league history—the first—to control this baffling force of nature. Not only that, he can throw it at three different speeds. And not only that, he reads. His favorites, he told us, are Faulkner and Hemingway. Makes sense. After surviving a childhood of sexual abuse and homelessness, he has not only endured but also prevailed, displaying admirable grace under pressure.

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