As the Toronto Blue Jays' season was the bearer of bad news for fans, how about we begin with some uplifting news! Marcus Stroman has been named the Blue Jays nominee for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award. One player is selected from each group. Last year's champ was Curtis Granderson.

What does it take to win?

The honor is given to the MLB player who best represents the sport of baseball, exhibits excellent sportsmanship, values group inclusion, and shows commitment to his team. It's voted on by baseball fans and individuals from the media.

The award is given each year to the player who best demonstrates extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

If you follow Marcus on social media, it's obvious why the organization chose him. He is a solid player and had an extremely pleasant year in the group. Stroman's ERA of 3.08 is fourth-best in the American League, according to Baseball Reference, and he positions fifth in innings pitched. Congratulations are in order for Marcus, as being nominated is quite an accomplishment.

Stroman is a beast

Many fans were not prepared for the emotions that came along with watching Stroman get hurt. Any time a player in baseball gets injured it can be scary. Getting nailed by a ball that is traveling more than 100 mph is scary. Marcus hates, and I mean hates not finishing games. Love his guts, but this season may not be worth it anymore.

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It is definitely better to be safe than sorry, but you have to love his focus and drive.

Stroman is the type of player that wears his emotions on his sleeve. He is all about baseball. He lives, eats, sleeps, and dreams baseball. He is passionate and doesn't let setbacks like an injury affect his mindset. For a young player, he shows a lot of strength and love for the game. His wanting to continue pitching in a game after getting hit shows a lot about his character and determination.

Stroman is definitely a fan favorite and many like him, and many like pitchers who want innings. It is not often expected for starters to finish but it is great when they do. Contrary to this, many believe that there is no need for pitchers to pitch a full game. But when they can pitch a full game it is nice, as it allows for the relievers to get more rest. Some pitchers just know when they have the ability to play through and a general manager will permit it if he feels his pitcher has the capability.