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Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award for a second consecutive season

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Mets starter Jacob deGrom was overwhelmingly voted the National League Cy Young Award winner, earning the hardware for a second consecutive season. deGrom earned 29 of 30 first-place votes.

The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu finished second with 88 points. Max Scherzer finished third with 72 points, Jack Flaherty fourth with 69, and Stephen Strasburg fifth with 53. Also receiving votes were Mike Soroka, Sonny Gray, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Kirby Yates, and Patrick Corbin.

deGrom, 31, went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a 255/44 K/BB ratio in 204 innings for the Mets this past season. He actually won fewer games last year (10) en route to the Cy Young Award. Both are the lowest win totals among starters to win the award.

deGrom is the 20th pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards. He is one of seven NL pitchers to win the award in back-to-back years, joining Greg Maddux (1992-95), Randy Johnson (1999-2002), Sandy Koufax (1965-66), Kershaw (2013-14), Tim Lincecum (2008-09), and Max Scherzer (2016-17). Five pitchers did it in the American League: Roger Clemens (1986-87 and 1997-98), Jim Palmer (1975-76), Pedro Martínez (1999-2000), and Denny McLain (1968-69). The right-hander joins R.A. Dickey, Dwight Gooden, and Tom Seaver as Mets to have won the NL Cy Young Award.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.