Mets fans had San Diego Union-Tribune writer John Maffei -- the lone writer that cost Mets ace Jacob deGrom a unanimous Cy Young award win -- on their most wanted list.
And now he has company.
ESPN personality Michael Wilbon shares Maffei's stance that a pitcher's record should most certainly be taken into account when determining who should win the award. He even went as far as to say it's "absurd" how analytics is "hijacking" the game.
"You know, Tony [Kornheiser], I'm not with these people," Wilbon said on "Pardon the Interruption" on Thursday. "I don't respect their judgment, actually, because I don't value what they value. I value winning the damn game more than the ERA! And therefore, it is analytical hijacking. These people have hijacked baseball, they want to impose their will and tell you what's important. I don't share most of, maybe none of, their values, and it's absurd."
DeGrom finished with a 10-9 record compared to second-place winner Max Scherzer's 18-7 record. However, deGrom had the MLB's lowest ERA at 1.70 to name just one of the few statistical categories he led in.
This isn't the first time Wilbon has come at the notion of deGrom winning the award. Back in September when it became apparent deGrom was the frontrunner for the award, Wilbon called it "garbage" that he was even considered due to his then-losing record.
Well, it doesn't matter now. DeGrom was named the fourth Met to win the award in team history by a landslide with 29 of the 30 first-place votes going to him.
So, just as Wilbon's co-host Tony Kornheiser said after the rant, "Next!"