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Mets’ Jacob deGrom earns First-Team All-MLB honors for second straight season

Jacob deform fell just short of winning his third straight NL Cy Young Award in 2020, but the Mets’ ace took home a different honor on Wednesday night, earning First-Team All-MLB honors.

DeGrom joined 2020 NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer, AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber, Yu Darvish, and Max Fried in the five-man rotation, but he is the only pitcher to make the All-MLB team two seasons in a row.

The All-MLB honors were established in 2019, with the selection process split between votes from fans a panel of experts.

Many of deGrom’s numbers in 2020 were actually better than those he had in 2019, when he won his second Cy Young. DeGrom pitched to a 2.38 ERA with a 0.956 WHIP and 2.26 FIP this past season, setting a new career high with 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

The 32-year-old right-hander seemed to take his game to a new level in 2020, routinely hitting 100 mph with his fastball, a noticeable uptick from his velocity in previous years.

Unfortunately for deGrom, Cincinnati Reds starter and now-free agent Trevor Bauer was lights-out in 2020, taking home the Cy Young. Now Mets fans can only sit back and wait as the Mets potentially take a run at having both aces in their rotation come the start of the 2021 season.

One other Met also took home All-MLB honors, as outfielder Michael Conforto was named to the Second Team.

Conforto posted some of the best numbers of his career in 2020, taking a big step forward towards being the star the Mets have always hoped he’d eventually become. Conforto slashed .322/.412/.515 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 54 games last season.