Alek Manoah is striving to do much more for sports than just be an overpower ace hitters struggle to deal with. The West Virginia product who has experienced a season of milestones announced that he can add another first.
Manoah tweeted that he is the first recipient of the Dove Men+Care sponsorship for sportsmanship. In his tweet, the Blue Jays All-Star pitcher adds “#SportsMenCare – let’s bring more care to the world of sport.”
I’m truly honored to be the very first recipient of the Dove Men+Care SPONSORSHIP FOR SPORTSMANSHIP. Real #SportsMenCare – let’s bring more care to the world of sport. #DoveMenCare pic.twitter.com/oPkNVHnee3
— MANOAH (@Alek_Manoah6) September 27, 2022
The 2021 season was West Virginia product Alek Manoah’s national coming out party as he began his MLB career, but the 2022 season has been a year of milestones for the ace as he’s made his claim to being one of the best in the world.
With the season coming to a close, Manoah surpassed 300 career strikeouts during his start Saturday night. The Blue Jays’ All-Star pitcher accumulated his now 303 strikeouts in just two seasons, becoming the fastest to ever reach and surpass the milestone in Toronto franchise history. Manoah recorded 8 strikeouts while posting a shutout and giving up only 4 hits in the win, his 15th of the season.
After going 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 127 strikeouts as a rookie last year, Manoah owns a 15-7 record with an ERA almost a full point better than in 2021 at 2.31 and 176 punch outs in 190.2 innings of work. He’s also now doing it for a Blue Jays team that sits at top of the American League Wild Card race, meaning Manoah could destined for a postseason start.
Manoah was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 2019 draft. Before being drafted, he finished off a stellar college career at WVU, recording a 2.81 career ERA with the Mountaineers. He was named the Big 12’s best pitcher in 2019 after going 9-4 with a 2.08 ERA and totaling 144 strikeouts in 108 1/3 innings.