Jacob deGrom could've been a unanimous Cy Young award winner Wednesday. Instead, he won with 29 of 30 first-place votes.
The only voter who chose not to give deGrom a first-place vote was John Maffei of the San Deigo Union-Tribune.
"What is stunning to me is the blowback from the fans, especially in New York," wrote Maffei. "Dozens of emails — some venomous — ranging from 'hey dumbass,' 'incompetent,' 'idiot,' 'moron' and 'clown.' Several called for my head, my job."
Shocking. Keyboard warriors furiously typing out their frustration and overreacting to something they didn't like.
Maffei joined Steve Somers of WFAN in New York as well, which ended up being the shortest interview in the history of interviews.
Steve Somers interviews John Maffei of the San Diego Union Tribune, the only baseball writer who did not deem Jacob deGrom worthy of his first-place vote for the Cy Young award. The interview was over in record time. pic.twitter.com/9lkb0FrLSU— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) November 15, 2018
Maffei points out that he chose to vote for Scherzer over deGrom for many reasons. One being, despite a 1.70 ERA over 217 innings, he had 10 wins and nine losses.
After he talked with other baseball experts, looked at Scherzer's 2.53 ERA and his historic 300-strikeout season — making him one of only 17 pitchers to do that since 1900 — Maffei says his vote was swayed in the direction of the Nats' ace.
One thing's for sure, Maffei may not have made any friends in New York, but he's made plenty of new ones in Washington.