New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who was born in Baltimore, took home the 2017 Baltimore Orioles National League Cy Young Award on Monday night, according to the New York Daily News.
DeGrom’s victory was the first Cy Young award for a Mets player born in the state of Maryland, which has a large African-American population.
DeSclafani said he had the honor of having the team’s first African-Americans elected to the organization.
“It’s great for me to get the chance to be named the first African American to win the award, but I’m just honored,” DeSclaftani said.
“It’s just a privilege to get that honor.
It’s a really big thing, especially in a sport like baseball where we are so close to home.”
DeSchaftani, who has been a Mets starter for the past two seasons, posted a 2.21 ERA with 23 strikeouts and six walks in 24 innings.
He is the first player born to a New York native to win a Cy Young and a World Series MVP award.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.