Alek Manoah Refuses To Shake Manager's Hand, Furious At Being Pulled

There are many around baseball who lament the disappearance of the "complete game" in the sport—allowing a starting pitcher to go nine innings. That argument took center stage today in Toronto, when starter Alek Manoah was pulled after 8 innings despite dominating the Cincinnati Reds on only 83 pitches. Manoah was so furious with the decision by manager Charlie Montoyo that he refused to shake his hand.

Manoah allowed just 7 hits and one run while breezing through 8 innings, and pleaded his case to Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker in the dugout, but to no avail. 

These days, it's called "protecting the pitcher" to avoid injuries. But as noted by Jays analyst Joe Siddall after the game, "I'm tired of that conversation... They're protecting pitchers like never before, and just as many or more are getting hurt."

Jays observers everywhere were siding with the young ace's pleas to finish what he started. 

The last 9-inning complete game by a Blue Jays starter was FIVE YEARS ago, 2017 (Marcus Stroman).

In the end, closer Jordan Romano came on to get a 1-2-3 ninth, saving Manoah's 5th win of the season, to go with a 1.62 ERA—3rd best in the majors. Manoah says his competitive fires can explain his reaction after getting pulled. “They know how competitive I am…but, I’m not the coach.”

No... But he is the ace.

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