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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.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.