NEW YORK -- A month of individual honors continued Monday for the Mets, who placed four players on Major League Baseball’s inaugural All-MLB Team ballot.
The selection process for the 2019 All-MLB Team began Monday, and it will run through 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 3, with 50 percent of the vote coming from fans and 50 percent coming from a panel of experts.
Fans can vote here, and they may do so once every 24 hours between now and when voting ends next Tuesday. The inaugural All-MLB Team will be announced on Dec. 10 at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in San Diego.
There will be a first team and second team All-MLB, with voters asked only to consider performance during the regular season when casting their ballots. Each team will include one selection at each position (including designated hitter and three outfielders, regardless of specific outfield position), five starting pitchers and two relievers.
The most likely Met to end up on the first team is deGrom, who won a second consecutive National League Cy Young Award earlier this month. With a stated goal of “trying to better what I did in 2018,” deGrom finished 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a league-leading 255 strikeouts. Although not quite enough to match his statistics from ’18, it was more than enough to win another near-unanimous Cy Young Award.
Other top pitchers on the All-MLB ballot include American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and runner-up Gerrit Cole, as well as Max Scherzer and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The other Met to take home a major Baseball Writers’ Association of America award was Alonso, who won the NL Rookie of the Year Award after bashing a Major League rookie record 53 home runs. That alone should be enough to garner Alonso significant support on the All-MLB ballot, though he faces stiff competition in the form of Freddie Freeman (38 homers, .938 OPS), who beat him out for an NL Silver Slugger at first base. Not that Alonso minds too much.
“Every experience that I’ve had, it’s just all led up to the success and the joy of this year,” Alonso said earlier this month. “I’m just so happy that everything has come together the way it has, and I’m just looking to try and be even better next year, and win more games, get to the playoffs and win a championship.”
Another all-MLB candidate is McNeil, who likely would have landed some down-ballot NL MVP Award votes had injuries not limited him to 133 games. As it was, McNeil led the Mets with a .318 average while hitting a career-high 23 home runs. Although McNeil spent significant time in the infield defensively, he’s on the all-MLB ballot as an outfielder.
Lugo is on the ballot as a reliever after spending a full season in the bullpen for the first time in his career. In that role, he thrived, striking out 104 batters over 80 innings while producing a 2.70 ERA and six saves. Lugo may return to the rotation in 2020, but for now, he is one of 11 bullpen nominees for the inaugural all-MLB team.