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Three different Blue Jays players named finalists at 2021 Players Choice Awards

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have felt just short of a postseason appearance, but it was a successful season that exceeded well beyond expectations. And some of their top young players were honoured by being up for some hardware.

Three of the team’s top players were nominated as finalists for the upcoming 2021 Players choice Awards. Vladimir Guerrero Jr was named a finalist alongside Shohei Ohtani and Bryce Harper for the Player of the Year Award, and also a finalist for the AL Outstanding Player Award.

Marcus Semien is up for Marvin Miller Man of the Year honours, which is an award given to a player “whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.”

Finally, Blue Jays ace Robbie Ray, who is widely expected to take home this year’s Cy Young, is a finalist for the AL Outstanding Pitcher Award. He will be competing against Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and White Sox’ Lance Lynn.

The winners of every award will be officially announced on the ESPN SportsCenter at 6pm/ET on October 28.

You can learn more about the remainder of the awards and the finalists here.

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MUST WATCH: Aaron Judge wins it for the Yankees with a walk-off three-run blast!

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The Toronto Blue Jays were up by two runs heading into the bottom of the 9th with one of the best closers in the game in Jordan Romano taking the mound.

You would think it was almost a 100% certainty that the Blue Jays would end up with the win.

Unfortunately for them, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had other plans!

Surprisingly, this was the first walk-off bomb in Judge’s career.

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Dusty Baker becomes first black manager in MLB history to reach 2000 wins

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Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has made history!

After the team cruised to a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, he became the first African American manager in MLB history to reach the 2000 win mark.

“I’m probably one of the luckiest men to ever walk on this earth” said Baker after securing the victory

“It means extra to the culture. It means extra to society. It means extra to my race, and it means extra hopefully for others to get an opportunity (so) I’m not the last”.

The incredible milestone was 29 years in the making. He recorded his first ever win as a manager of the San Francisco Giants on April 6, 1993.

He is 12th on the all-time wins list for MLB managers, and has the second most among active managers, trailing Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa.

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Mets infielder Robinson Cano designated for assignment

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The Robinson Cano era in New York has come to an end.

The New York Mets announced that they have designated the eight-time All-Star for assignment, which likely puts an end to his time with the club.

The 39-year old, who returned to action this year after being suspended for the entire 2021 campaign due to his second career PED violation, has struggled to produce early on in the season.

Through 12 games and 43 plate appearances , the eight-time All-Star has posted a .195 batting average to go along with one homer and three RBI.

Cano had initially signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners back in 2013, and was traded to the Mets prior to the 2019 season.

He still has another year left on the deal after this season, which will net him a $24 million salary in 2023 before being eligible for free agency.

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