Marcus Stroman has had quite a trip with the New York Mets since joining the club in mid-2019. The world is a very different place since the swap with the Toronto Blue Jays that helped reunite him with playing baseball in New York.
Stroman’s time with the Mets has been unnecessarily controversial at times with many criticizing the trade that first brought him to the organization. Words like “overrated” have often been slung his way. If nothing else, Stroman’s performance in 2021 shows that this isn’t the case—he has been one of the best pitchers in the game.
Headed toward free agency this winter, Stroman is a guy the Mets should absolutely bring back if winning is on their mind but also a guy who could command enough money on the open market where parting ways makes sense. For a completely selfish reason, the Mets need to re-sign Stroman for what he brings to the club’s culture.
Whether you like him or not, his teammates seem to adore the man in 0.
Marcus Stroman is a positive force in the Mets organization
I can sense it already. There’s someone out there reading this wanting to disagree with me. This is the internet in 2021. Once built for government purposes, this addictive place we can’t get enough of is now designed to mostly house disagreements between strangers—plus a whole lot of NSFW content we try to only look at behind locked doors.
I totally get why Stroman might not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, if I was to design the perfect athlete, I would probably choose a few other players on the Mets over him. I prefer the competitiveness of Jacob deGrom over anything else. Does he even have a social media page?
However, I can’t deny the effect Stroman has had on the Mets since the moment he arrived. Incredibly entertaining on and off the field, he’s an energy any team would be lucky to have.
Remember back in 2019 when Stroman came to the team? There was excitement. He was electric. Even if his performance wasn’t on par with some other trade deadline acquisitions in the past, Stroman had a positive effect on the team.
There was brand new life in a team that could have gone in either direction. The 2019 Mets were about to go on an awesome second-half run.
Flash forward to today and we continue to see how Stroman interacts, motivates, and supports his teammates. Although you may find him promoting his own brand, Stroman is not the egomaniac some make him out to be.
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So for a completely selfish reason on behalf of the Mets organization, keeping Stroman around for locker room support makes sense. From a more personal standpoint, he’s almost always entertaining. Add in that he’s a pretty good pitcher, it’s a match we need to see happen.