Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah: Yankees’ Gerrit Cole is ‘worst cheater’ in baseball history


It may be the off-season, but Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alec Manoa is still hitting Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. Manoa recently joined former Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka. Sportsnet “How hungry are you?” podcastand during an interview, the pitcher revealed that he considers Cole to be the “worst cheater” in baseball history.

“Gerrit Cole,” Manoa replied after Ibaka asked who he thought was the biggest cheater in MLB. “He used a lot of sticky stuff to make his passing better and he kind of got called out for it.”

Manoa has a point about Cole and sticky things.

In 2021, Major League Baseball cracked down on pitchers using foreign substances and began regularly testing pitchers for them. Cole has been heavily criticized in recent years for alleged use of one of these substances, Spider Tack, and has never denied its use.

The suspicion surrounding Cole led to this very awkward response when asked if he used Spider Tack in 2021:

The other part of all of this is that Manoa and Cole have a nasty history together.

During an August game, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was hit by Manoa with an inside pitch. Nothing happened between the two teams, but Cole yelled back and forth with Manoa after Judge got slapped.

“I think if Gerrit wants to do something, next time he can walk past the Audi sign. Manoa said after that gamereferring to an Audi ad that sits right in front of the Yankees’ dugout.

The next time Cole and Manoa face off, baseball fans should definitely watch this show.

Manoa is wrapping up a phenomenal 2022 season. He went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 196 2/3 innings. Cole went 13-8 with an unusually high 3.50 ERA — his highest ERA since the 2017 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates — but he led the entire league with 257 strikeouts.