Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman proving he’s perfect for this club even without baseball
By Tim Boyle
Despite the lack of baseball in 2020, New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has continually found ways on social media to show us how valuable he is to the franchise.
Marcus Stroman has yet to throw a regular season pitch for the New York Mets in 2020. Even so, he has done a swell job at making us all realize how perfect he is for this club.
Stop over on Stroman’s Twitter page at any time of the day and you’ll see what a wonderful leader the man is. This goes for the team and the city he’ll play baseball in once things get back to normal.
When the Mets first acquired Stroman at the 2019 trade deadline, there were some doubts. Fans were already dealing with the aches and pains from the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade. How would this one turn out?
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Anthony Kay was starring in the minor leagues last year and Simeon Woods-Richardson looked like he could be the 2020 version. Both were sent to the Toronto Blue Jays in the deal, stealing away any chance of watching them shine first in Flushing.
What I’m not sure anyone realized is how excited Stroman actually was to come back to New York. He’s a New Yorker through and through. He gets this city. He also understands the fan base he plays for.
Stroman isn’t shy on social media. Often, this can get an athlete in trouble. Not Stroman. He has a built-in plan to market himself and his brand. There aren’t many who do it as well as him.
Not long ago, we shared a Rising Apple blog post on Twitter about Stroman. The reaction got a lot of love from Mets fans. It also received plenty of jealousy from those who saw him thrive up in Toronto.
You see, Blue Jays fans miss Stroman. They miss what he did for the team, but also what he did for the community. He represented them well over the years. In the months he has been a Mets employee, he has down the same in Queens.
Many of those Canadians who commented on the Twitter post sent a very clear message to Stroman: they want him back.
Stroman fits in perfectly with this current Mets club made up of happy youngsters just getting started in their career. He’s louder than Jacob deGrom but a little more serious than Noah Syndergaard. Like Steven Matz, he’s a New York kid but also a little more experienced with leadership. It’s something we all wondered about with this club after David Wright officially left.
At least for now, Stroman can help be one of those veteran leaders on the squad.
There is no shortage of leadership on the Mets. Pete Alonso proved a rookie can do it last year.
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To end my gushing over Stroman, allow me to simply state that I hope he stays with the club for good. He’s fun, smart, and a tremendous athlete. Stroman is perfect for what this club needs now and in the future.