New York Mets 26-year old right-hand pitcher Jacob deGrom won the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year award. Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton placed 2nd. Jacob received 24 first place votes, while Billy Hamilton only received 4 first place votes.
This year’s class featured the first 3 Mets rookies to garner votes since 2010 when Ike Davis tied for 7th, as Travis d’Arnaud and Jeurys Familia finished tied for 7th place with a pair of 3rd place votes each. Prior to Ike Davis, infielder Kaz Matsui placed 6th way back in 2004.
Jacob deGrom made 22 starts and posted a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA in 140.1 innings pitched. He averaged 7.5 hits, 2.8 walks, and 9.2 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched to go along with a 1.140 WHiP.Aug 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A fan cheers on New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (not pictured) with a sign that reads “hair we go” between the fifth and sixth innings of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
He became the fourth Mets pitcher, and only the fifth player in Mets history to capture the award.
Is deGrom winning the award a harbinger of things to come?
The Mets captured their 1st title 2 seasons after Tom Seaver won the award. The Mets then returned to the world series a year after Jon Matlack won. Shortly after Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden won back to back awards, the Mets rolled to their 2nd championship.
Does this trend suggest the Mets are potentially 2 or 3 years away from returning to the Fall Classic? At the very least, pondering that over the winter should lend Mets fans a measure of warmth.
How Other Mets Rookies Fared:
In 1980, reliever/closer Jeff Reardon finished 6th. For a brief time, Reardon was MLB’s all-time saves leader.
The class of 1981 featured Hubie Brooks who finished 3rd (behind winner Fernando Valenzuela), while Mookie Wilson finished 7th. As we know, Hubie Brooks was later included in the trade to bring Gary Carter to Flushing.
SNY’s own, Ron Darling finished 5th in 1984 behind Doc Gooden.
The decade closed with Gregg Jefferies finishing 3rd in 1989.
Fast-forward 5 years, and pitcher Bobby Jones tied for 8th place. In 1995, Jason Isringhausen was 5th, and in 1996 shortstop Rey Ordonez finished 5th in the voting. Jay Payton ended the millennium in 2000 with a 3rd place finish.
Rookie of the Year honors were first awarded in 1947. For the first 2 years, there was only one winner for both leagues. Starting in 1949, the American League and National League received separate awards.
The Mets now have 5 ROY recipients, but the New York Yankees lead the all-time NYC count with 8 players who’ve won the award. The last Yankee to win Rookie of the Year was Derek Jeter.