Jays' Manoah honored for defending Kirk after weight barbs

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah has been honored with a sportsmanship award for defending teammate Alejandro Kirk after the catcher was criticized online for his weight. Manoah received a roughly $73,500 ($100,000 Canadian) sponsorship prize and immediately donated it to KidSport, a Canadian nonprofit that gives children the opportunity to participate in organized sport. Earlier this month, Manoah reacted angrily when Montreal radio host Matthew Ross tweeted that Kirk was “embarrassing the sport” because of his weight and figure. Kirk, a first-time All-Star this season, is 5-foot-8 and 245 pounds, according to his bio on MLB.com.

Salem News Channel Today

On-Air & Up next

  • The Officer Tatum Show
    7:00PM - 10:00PM
     
    The Officer Tatum Show is thought provoking, inspiring, and filled with raw truth. The show will cover current news events and topics that are culturally relevant. Call 844.900.7243 to interact with the show!
     
  • Dennis Prager
    10:00PM - 11:00PM
     

See the Full Program Guide