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Alek Manoah Becomes First Dove Men+Care Sponsorship for Sportsmanship



Alek Manoah

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.”

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.

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