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Getting to Know NL CY Young Award Winner, N.Y. Mets Pitcher Jacob DeGrom

New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom last week was named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award recipient by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

DeGrom, who received 207 points, including 29 of 30 first place votes, joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975), Dwight Gooden (1985) and R.A. Dickey (2012) as the only pitchers in team history to win the NL Cy Young Award.

The righthander led the majors in ERA (1.70), opponent’s slugging (.277), opponent’s OPS (.521) and home runs per nine innings (0.41).

He finished second in the majors in innings (217.0) and fourth in the majors with a career-high 269 strikeouts. DeGrom ended the year holding opponents to three runs or fewer in 29 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history (min. 50.0 combined innings in those starts) and hurled 24 consecutive quality starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history. “I want to thank the Baseball Writers for this honor,” deGrom said. “I’m extremely humbled to win this award along with some other great

former Mets such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and R.A. Dickey. I’d especially like to thank my teammates, coaching staff and my family.”

Full Name

Jacob Anthony DeGrom

Born – June 19, 1988

Major League Debut: May 15th, 2014 vs NY Yankees

Hobbies/Interests – Hunting & Fishing

Favorite thing to do on an off day – I enjoy the big city; I’m from a small town. I like walking in Central Park and other parts of the city.

Favorite Ballpark

Right here, Citi Field. It’s a good park to pitch in.

Boyhood Idol and favorite athlete – Chipper Jones of the Braves. I grew up a Braves fan and Chipper lived near me. I looked up to him.

Biggest Influence for your career – My dad, growing up he would always be having a catch or be hitting with me. I was always working with him, great work ethic.

Favorite team growing up

Atlanta Braves.

Favorite athletes today: LeBron James and Phil Mickelson.

Who were your favorite pitchers growing up?

Again being a Braves fan, I liked Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. I really liked Maddux, with his location and stuff, he wasn’t overpowering but threw pitches where he wanted to every time.

Meal I enjoy most: A good steak dinner

Drive: The opportunity to put on a big league uniform every day is awesome. Many people dream of that, but very few get to do it. I am thankful every day I get to put on that uniform.

First Job – I worked in a Fernery with a guy I knew. Most people have no idea what that is, but its working in a specialized garden for the cultivation and display of ferns.

Why did you decide to cut your hair?

I’m not really sure. It was getting too long, and I had it a long time, so I just thought it was time to get rid of it.

Best Advice I Ever Got – Trust yourself and your abilities.

Most Embarrassing Professional Moment – Walking out to pitcher’s mound to pitch and wearing the wrong hat, I was wearing our batting practice hat.

Whats the hardest part about preparing for a game? Calming myself down. The day of the game I get nervous and I’m tired. But once I get on the field I’m usually good to go.

Biggest Thrill To Date As An Athlete – When I was called up to the big leagues and made my Major League debut against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Great place to make your debut in the big leagues.

What made this year so special for you personally? In years past,I kind of got in my own head and overthinking things. Trying to do too much. Instead of taking it one pitch at a time. That was kind of my focus this year, one pitch at a time and ‘Here it is. Let’s go right after guys.’ Looking back now it’s kind of crazy that there wasn’t really a hiccup.’’