The New York Mets are well represented on the inaugural All-MLB first team with Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom headlining the squad.
MLB introduced their first-ever All-MLB team this season. The award is meant to equal the All-Pro teams in the NFL. The New York Mets had four players nominated for the honor: Seth Lugo, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Jacob deGrom.
The first team included both Alonso and deGrom. Lugo and McNeil, on the other hand, didn’t make the first or second team.
This completes an award-filled season for deGrom. He was an All-Star, won his second straight Cy Young, and is now on the All-MLB team. The Mets’ ace came in third in voting behind Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander.
Alonso fell just one award short of his ideal season. He was an All-Star, won Rookie of the Year, and holds down first base on the All-MLB team. However, he did not win the Silver Slugger for a first baseman. Division rival Freddie Freeman took the award home to Atlanta.
It’s interesting to look back on how these two became key pieces for the Mets.
DeGrom was New York’s ninth-best prospect and only called up due to injury issues and a double-header in 2014. That day most Mets fans were excited to see another pitcher, Rafael Montero. Yet, it was deGrom who stole the show against the Yankees in his debut. DeGrom threw seven innings allowing just one run, although he lost the game.
DeGrom never looked back. Now the former college shortstop is arguably the best pitcher in the MLB.
Alonso was always supposed to be a power-hitting stud. However, nobody expected what he did this season. He set the MLB rookie record for home runs in a season with 53, and became the first rookie ever to lead the majors in home runs.
It’s truly astonishing that the fans and the players failed to vote Pete Alonso into the All-Star game. It was MLB that put Alonso on the National League roster. Yet, by the end of the year, nobody was questioning Alonso.
The Mets were one of only five teams to have at least two players on the All-MLB first-team. The other four were the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros. The Mets were the only team on that list to miss the playoffs.