2017 Nominee – Jacob deGrom
Team: NY Mets
DeGrom is one of 5 players participating in the Strikeouts for Vets program , an initiative led by Carhartt to donate to “Helmets to Hardhats”. Helmets to Hardhats is a national nonprofit program which helps military service members successfully transition back to civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the building and trade industry. For each strikeout recorded this season by each of the 5 players, $100 will be donated to the program. When MLB and Carhartt asked the New York Mets if a pitcher would be interested, deGrom eagerly volunteered. “Our veterans do a lot for us, and I think any opportunity that you get to give back in a sense is a special thing” deGrom said after his first game of the season.