Manoah brings a breath of fresh air

Manoah brings a breath of fresh air

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In 1982, the Olympic Stadium welcomed the stars of Major League Baseball. It was the first time this mid-season classic was presented outside of the United States.

So Montreal baseball fans got to cheer on five of their favorites in National League colors Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Steve Rogers and Al “Scoop” Oliver. Manager Jim Fanning was there too.

Forty years later, the Blue Jays have also contributed five athletes to the American League team. Tuesday night, at the Dodgers stadium in Los Angeles, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alejandro Kirk, Santiago Espinal, Canadian ace reliever Jordan Romano and Alek Manoah were there.

Player of the game

Player of the Game Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees hit a two-run homer that gave the American League a ninth straight victory over the National.  

Stanton was very emotional during this game. For this star who grew up some 30 minutes from Ravine Chavez, it was a childhood dream that he realized. And he had 50 guests at the classic, including his dad who often brought him to Dodgers games.

Upon receiving the Ted-Williams Trophy, given to the All-Star Game MVP, Stanton said he homered in the bleacher section where he and his dad sat when they cheered on the Dodgers.

The game was like major league baseball with five walks, 22 strikeouts and three home runs. 

To comfortable with Smoltz and Ortiz

Blue Jays star pitcher Alek Manoah was at the heart of one of the highlights of the night. 

Those who follow the activities of the Toronto club are familiar with the Manoah phenomenon. This 24-year-old gunner is always demonstrative when he steps on the mound.

Tuesday night, the Florida native lived up to his reputation. Microphone clipped to his uniform, it was simply sweet to hear him chat with Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Braves star pitcher John Smoltz.

Before executing his motion, Manoah asked US Network game analyst Smoltz what pitches he should use to retire batters on three strikes. Result: he hit a slugger on an ankle and made three elite sluggers bite the dust.

Manoah's dream night continued in the dugout when David Ortiz, who will be inducted into Cooperstown next Sunday, mic in hand, stopped in front of him to ask how he would challenge him to bat. After hearing “with a high and inside fastball”, “Big Papi” threw up his arms in a laugh.

After the game, Manoah said he had hoped to face one of baseball's greatest players who will retire at the end of the game. this season, Albert Pujols. Sadly, he couldn't match that legend.  

About Pujols, he came close to writing a Hollywood screenplay when he rolled up a bullet that was caught at the warning track.

Fans have discovered a new star, not only thanks to his talent, but especially because of the breath of fresh air that Alek Manoah gave off.

Montoyo had to leave

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins took action last week. Faced with the team's failures, especially during the trip to Oakland and Seattle, and before the discontent set in in the media and among the fans, he showed the door to manager Charlie Montoyo.

< p>Bench coach John Schneider will lead the team for the remainder of the season. 

“Charlie, Charlie” didn't deserve to be fired, but the Jays had to because nothing was working anymore, either in the dugout or on the field.

exciting runs

The second half of the Major League Baseball schedule promises to be exciting. The sprint to the playoffs is on. 

Just watch the New York Yankees. It's like a mighty F1 car breaking away from the peloton to go it alone towards the finish line. 

Eighteen of the 30 teams are within five ;games of a playoff appearance. 

Yes, the playoff races are very interesting, as is the battle for individual honors.

Manoah brings a breath of fresh air