Not surprisingly David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets are finalists for the 2012 Cy Young Awards in their respective leagues.
Price was named one of the top three vote-getters in the American League and Dickey was among the top three in the National League for the award, which annually honors the most outstanding pitcher.
The two who have deep Middle Tennessee ties were named Outstanding Pitcher in their respective leagues by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday during its Players Choice Award ceremonies.
Price, a Murfreesboro native and Vanderbilt All-American, led the A.L. with a 2.56 ERA and tied for the league lead with 20 wins. Dickey, a Nashville native and University of Tennessee All-American, led the National League with 230 strikeouts and his 20 wins were second.
The Baseball Writers Association of America, which votes on the Cy Young and three other major awards, announced the finalists Wednesday. It also announced the top three for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and the top five for the Most Valuable Player.
Voting was completed at the end of the regular season.
It was the first time finalists were announced in advance of the awards.
Winners for one award will be revealed 5 p.m. (CST) daily next Monday through Thursday on MLB Network. The Cy Young Award winners will be revealed Wednesday.