Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah won’t stand around and let anyone question his work ethic.
A heated Twitter exchange between Manoah and MLB Network analyst and former major league catcher Anthony Recker started after Recker made comments about Manoah’s workout routine during a televised discussion on the best pitchers in the game under 30.
“I love you Alek, just show me you’re willing to put in a little more time at the gym and that you’re gonna be there consistently a little bit longer. I still love you,” Recker said.
The clip made its way to Twitter and caught the attention of Manoah.
“Hey @Anthony_Recker my job isn’t to please you. You are an outsider you don’t know me or my work ethic,” Manoah said. “What I do in the gym has clearly worked check the numbers, sucks you can’t say the same for yourself.”
In just his second major-league season last year, Manoah was 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA and finished third in AL Cy Young voting. Recker, 39, played parts of seven seasons in the majors and finished playing in 2017 with a .199 career batting average and 18 home runs.
“Don’t let someone throw a video out of context at you and get you upset,” Recker tweeted in response to Manoah. “You’re an incredible talent man and I’d love to see you make the most of that. I hope to see you continue to get better and be great for a long time. I wish I had even a tiny speck of the talent you do.”
But Recker struck out on his effort to make amends.
“You’re just like everyone else,” Manoah said to finish the exchange. “Love to talk and then wanna say sorry when you get called out. If you wanna see how an All Star, 1st team All-MLB, and CY young finalist trains. Come meet me.”
It’s not the first time Manoah has taken to Twitter to take a stand against hurtful remarks. Last year, when a Montreal radio host called a video of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk running the bases “embarrassing for the sport” and that it “feeds negative stereotypes,” Manoah stood up for his teammate.
“Go ahead and tell that 8-year-old kid who is 10lbs over weight that he should quit now,” Manoah tweeted in response. “Just step aside from the keyboard and let KIRK inspire those kids to continue to chase their dreams and chase greatness.”
Like Manoah, Kirk was also an MLB all-star last season.
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