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Writer who did not vote first place for deGrom hangs up on WFAN

Baseball fans and writers spent months wondering if a dominant pitcher whose team struggled behind him could win the Cy…

Baseball fans and writers spent months wondering if a dominant pitcher whose team struggled behind him could win the Cy Young Award despite a record hovering around .500.

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas text Mb em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm “type =” text “content =” In the end it was not much to sweat as New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom received 29 of the possible 30 first-place votes on the ballot from the Baseball Writers Association of America. The one vote kept him from becoming the 18th pitcher in history to be named his league’s best in unanimous fashion. ” data-reaction = “17”> In the end it was not much to sweat as New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom received 29 of the possible 30 first-place votes on the ballot from the Baseball Writers Association of America. The one vote kept him from becoming the 18th pitcher in history to be named his league’s best in unanimous fashion.

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) John Maffei of the San Diego Union Tribune was in no mood after Wednesday’s announcement to talk with Steve Somers on WFAN out of New York . It was, in Somers’ own words, “one for the books.” “data-reactid =” 18 “> The one writer who blocked the unanimous decision, John Maffei of the San Diego Union Tribune, was in no mood after Wednesday’s announcement to talk with Steve Somers on WFAN out of New York. It was, in Somers’ own words, “one for the books.”

Maffei hangs up on WFAN almost immediately

Somer, following an intro on deGrom’s season and the award announcement earlier that night, opened the conversation in his joking “Schmooze” style but it did not go over well. Maffei voted for the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer on his ballot with deGrom in second, as shown on the public BWAA ballots.

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm “type =” text “content =” ” There was one baseball writer, and we have him on the line right now,” Somers said. “John Maffei – not from Washington, John Maffei is with the San Diego Union Tribunal. John, you can look at yourself in the mirror. “” data-reactid = “21”> ” There was One baseball writer, and we have him on the line right now, “Somers said.” John Maffei – not from Washington, where you would think homerism lives and thrives – John Maffei is with the San Diego Union Tribune. John, can you look at yourself in the mirror. “

<p class =” canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm “type =” text “content =” Silence. & nbsp; “data-response time =” 22 “> Silence.

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm” type = “text” content = “” … John? “” Data Reaction = “23”> “… John?”

“Can I?” Maffei said. “Absolutely.”

“No, no, no, no , you’re looking for 15 minutes of fame and attention, “Somers said.

” Steve, this interview is over, “Maffei answered. “Thank you, goodbye.”

The whole thing, from Maffei’s introduction to hang up, lasted 30 seconds.

Somers wanted his producer to call the writer back to let him know, “We were trying to do a little bit with the tongue in cheek and try to have some fun with him, “while also finding out why he voted for Scherzer. He said the writer did not have much patience or tolerance and no sense of humor.

“Incredible. Maybe there’s a New York bias with him, “Somers said.” I mean from the San Diego Union, please do they even have Major League Baseball in San Diego? Good forbidding I suggest something like that with him. “

Jacob deGrom won the NL Cy Young, becoming the fourth New York Mets pitcher to win it. (AP Photo / Bill Kostroun)

Why did Maffei vote for Scherzer?

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt em) – sm “type =” text “content =” We’re all just like to know. Somers guessed it was the fact deGrom only won 10 games, a byproduct of a truly abysmal Mets offensive showing . He is the first starting pitcher to win the award with so few wins, and Maffei seems to be of the old-school baseball order in which stats such as win-loss records matter. ” data-reaction = “44”> We’d all just like to know. Somers guessed it was the fact deGrom only won 10 games, a byproduct of a truly abysmal Mets offensive showing. He’s the first starting pitcher to win the award with so few wins, and Maffei seems to be of the old-school baseball order in which stats such as win-losing records matter.

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas- text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm “type =” text “content =” A lot of writers take to Twitter to immediately explain their ballots, such as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo , or fully explain their choices in writing, such as Ryan Fagan at Sporting News. “data-responseid =” 45 “> A lot of writers take to Twitter to immediately explain their voters, such as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, or fully explain their choices in writing, such as Ryan Fagan at Sporting News.

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em ) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm “type =” text “content =” Probably for the best, but telling nonetheless, Maffei does not have a Twitter account. He also did not report much on The San Diego Padres this season, & nbsp; according to some digging by SNY . ” data-reaction = “48”> Probably for the best, but telling nonetheless, Maffei does not have a Twitter account. He also did not report much on the San Diego Padres this season, according to some digging by SNY.

Scherzer, deGrom share top marks

<p class = “canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm “type =” text “content =” The two pitchers were clearly tops in the National League this season, with each posting major league best marks in different categories . ” data response time = “50”> The two pitchers were clearly tops in the National League this season, with each posting major league best marks in different categories.

DeGrom had a higher WAR (8.8 to 7.2) and led the MLB ERA (1.70), FIP (1.99), xFIP (2.60) and home runs per nine innings (0.4) while pitching under the stress of practically never having a lead.

It’s not that Maffei did not have a valid reason for voting scherzer

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