Canadian pitcher Mike Soroka named to inaugural All-MLB team

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka joins Writers Bloc to discuss how honoured he was to win the Tip O’Neill Award as top Canadian Player, and reacts to the Braves signing Cole Hamels, and the Phillies signing Zack Wheeler.

Atlanta Braves pitcher and Calgary native Mike Soroka has been named to the All-MLB second team, the league announced Tuesday.

For the first time, Major League Baseball released a pair of All-MLB teams, each comprised of nine position players (one for each position), one designated hitter, five starting pitchers and two relievers. Soroka was one of the starting pitchers named, among the likes of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Positions were filled through a collaborative vote that included fans, as well as a 30-person panel of media members, former players and other officials.

Soroka, 22, was the third-youngest player to receive an All-MLB honour. In 2019, Soroka was 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.111 WHIP as the ace of the Atlanta Braves staff. He finished sixth in the National League Cy Young vote and was runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year.

Last week, Soroka won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award, having displayed the highest “individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.”

The Toronto Blue Jays did not have any players listed among the All-MLB honourees.

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