Ray, Guerrero and Manoah receive top honors as Toronto chapter BBWAA unveils winners

TORONTO – Robbie Ray was named the Blue Jays pitcher of the year and most improved player on Tuesday at the annual Toronto Chapter Awards of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

TORONTO – Robbie Ray was named the Blue Jays pitcher of the year and most improved player on Tuesday at the annual Toronto Chapter Awards of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was named the team’s MVP and rookie pitcher Alek Manoah received the title of top rookie.

Ray, a 30-year-old southpaw, was unanimously chosen as the top pitcher in the votes cast by the Members of the Toronto Chapter (BBWAA). The most improved player run was tighter, with Guerrero and reliever Tim Mayza also factored in.

Ray won the American League’s Cy Young Award after leading the major leagues with 248 strikeouts and posting a 13-7 record with Toronto. He became a free agent after the season and signed a long-term contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Guerrero, who hit 48 home runs last season and was second in the AL MVP vote behind Angels star Shohei Ohtani, won 17 of 18 caps in the Toronto Chapter’s MVP vote of the team.

Marcus Semien, who finished third in the AL MVP race, had only one first place vote for the MVP team. He became an off-season free agent and signed a long-term contract with the Texas Rangers.

Semien has 45 home runs and produced 102 points in his lone season with Toronto. He also won the John Cerutti Award for Goodwill, Cooperation and Character.

Manoah was a unanimous pick for the honor of top rookie after going 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 20 starts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 14, 2021.

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Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press


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