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For the second consecutive season, Jacob deGrom was crowned the best pitcher in the National League. He received 29 out of 30 first place votes just like last year when he won his first Cy Young award. He is just the eleventh pitcher to win the award in consecutive seasons.
Now that he has sealed his place in Mets history, where does the ace go from here (paywall alert)?
The organization has a special talent in their rotation and it is up to them to build a team around him.
Despite a late start to his career, deGrom has put himself in Hall of Fame consideration with a second Cy Young to his name.
deGrom along with AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander had two outstanding seasons that put them in elite company.
Chili Davis will stay on as the Mets hitting coach and received a two-year contract with the team.
Brodie Van Wagenen has grown in his year as Mets GM, although the operating procedure seems to be the same within the organization since they apparently won’t be adding any closers to the rosters.
Miguel Andujar and Amed Rosario both participated in a three-day clinic in an effort to improve their defense.
Carlos Beltran admitted that the Astros stole signs when he was with the team in 2017 but he was unaware of them using computers to do it. However, in a different report he was named as one of the few who played a key role in developing the system for stealing signs.
Mike Piazza announced that he will be managing the Italian National Baseball team which will include the World Baseball Classic in 2021.
After suffering an injury that ended his season prematurely last year, the Mets expect Tim Tebow to return to Syracuse next season.
Around the National League East
After receiving one first place vote for Rookie of the Year, Mike Soroka came in sixth in the Cy Young voting earning one third place vote.
The Marlins Triple-A team became the Wichita Wind Surge after they were the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Max Scherzer finished third in the Cy Young voting behind deGrom and Ryu. The Astros were notorious for stealing signs so the Nationals came up with a plan to protect themselves in the World Series.
Around Major League Baseball
In a close race, Justin Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole to win the American League Cy Young award.
Dr. Meredith Wills tested the postseason balls to see if they were structurally different from the balls used during the regular season and during her research she found that Rawlings might be lying to consumers (paywall alert).
The Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount when they were caught cheating by using an Apple Watch but the Astros could be looking at harsher penalties if the accusations are proven to be true.
Gabe Kapler met with the media after being named the new manager of the San Francisco Giants and he claims he wishes he handled the sexual assault incident with the Dodgers differently which includes calling his mom.
It’s the offseason and the general manager meetings so the rumors surrounding free agents continue to swirl.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Keon Broxton did not enjoy much success with the Mets last season.
Vasilis Drimalitis wrote about Chili Davis’s return as hitting coach.
Allison McCague did a final Player Meter for pitchers for the 2019 season.
Steve Sypa continued his series on Pete Alonso in the minors and how he got to where he is today.
Writing about Jacob deGrom’s second Cy Young brought me much joy.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1966 Bing Devine took over as president and general manager of the New York Mets. He laid some of the groundwork for the 1969 team but didn’t get to enjoy the fruits of his labor since he returned to the Cardinals in 1968.