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Penguins Star Sidney Crosby Gifts MLB Ace Alek Manoah Signed Jersey

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One legend supporting another in the making describes the bond between Sidney Crosby and Alek Manoah.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star and Canadian hero and the West Virginia baseball product turned MLB ace are friends or at least have some sort of relationship. Cosby made a public display of their connection by gifting Manoah a signed jersey. This was shared by the pitcher on the same day he found out he is a finalist for the 2022 American League Cy Young award, an achievement that would be comparable to the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP for Crosby, something the hockey icon has won twice (2007, 2014).

Manoah responded to Crosby’s gift by captioning a picture “thank you, brother” on Instagram. This was then stared by media outlets on Twitter.

The WVU baseball product who has been rapidly building an impressive MLB career was revealed a a finalist for the American League Cy Young award Monday night. Manoah is a very deserving candidate, having posted a 16-7 record, a 2.24 ERA, 0.992 WHIP and 180 strikeouts as the ace of the Toronto staff.

He also surpassed 300 career K’s and broke a record previously held by Roger Clemens for the lowest ERA ever posted in a single month in franchise history. Manoah was named the AL Pitcher of the Month after an historic September.

Even though his postseason start in the AL Wild Card Round didn’t go as planned, winning a Cy Young award in his second MLB season would certainly be a great way to cap off a phenomenal year. Manoah will now find out if he joins baseball history next week.

The MLB sensation 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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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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  1. MonroeJeff

    November 9, 2022 at 5:21 am

    11th pick of the 1st round.

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