The Cy Young award is given to the top pitcher in both the American League and National League in Major League Baseball and is voted upon by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
“It’s awesome, truly an honor. Kind of speechless honestly,” Jacob deGrom told MLB Network. “I got to thank God just for the talents and abilities that he’s given me and the opportunity to play this game that I love. Also want to thank my family, and my wife Stacey and the kids for the support that they give me and the Baseball Writers’ Association for the votes, coaches, teammates and just everybody involved. I couldn’t have done it without everybody.”
deGrom received 29 out of 30 first place votes by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and 207 total points. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals, who received the only other first place vote, finished second, and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies finished third.
deGrom had 10 wins and 9 losses with a 1.70 Earned Run Average and 269 strikeouts in 217 innings pitched in 2018. He is the first New York Mets pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since R.A. Dickey in 2012.
Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays won the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.