Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman needs your vote

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Marcus Stroman
DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Marcus Stroman /

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been nominated for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball on and off the field through sportsmanship, positive contributions, and community involvement.

Roberto Clemente was a native of Puerto Rico and spent his entire 18-year Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente was renowned for his humanitarian efforts and endless charity work in Latin America. The outfielder died tragically at 38-years old in a plane crash while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Major League Baseball first awarded the honour named after Clemente in 1971 to none other than Willie Mays. Since the inception of the award no current Blue Jays player has won the award, however, Dave Stewart, Dave Winfield, Al Leiter, and Carlos Delgado all have taken home the honour while with another team.

Last season Curtis Granderson was the successful recipient of the award, winning over Blue Jays nominee Kevin Pillar. Stroman is regularly involved in numerous charities around the city and often volunteers his time with less fortunate children giving back to the community.

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The “Stro-Show” has had a season for the ages capturing World Baseball Classic gold while also winning the tourney MVP award, he eclipsed 200-innings for the second straight season while leading the Blue Jays pitching staff and now Stroman has a chance to put an exclamation point on a season filled with personal bests taking home the Clemente hardware.

Get on your computers Canada and show your support by rocking the vote for Stroman and let’s bring this award north of the border for the first time in history. Click HERE to show your support for Stro.

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The award winner will be announced during the live telecast of Game 3 of the World Series.