Marcus Stroman Is Finally Getting His Respect | Where Hardwork Meets Exceptional Talent, Mental Stability & Dedication To Craft

Marcus Stroman Is Finally Getting His Respect | Where Hardwork Meets Exceptional Talent, Mental Stability & Dedication To Craft

When you watch Marcus Stroman play, you can see how much of a competitor he is. He’s been through a lot during his career, but no matter what, he’s determined to leave it all out on the field when he steps on that mound.

 

Melanated Mound Marauder 

 

Stroman has been the Chicago Cubs ace this year, leading the team in strikeouts (62) and ERA (2.59).

 

Through 12 starts, he’s carrying a 5-4 record with a complete game under his belt. He’s making a strong case to be named to the National League all-star team and in the running for the Cy Young Award.

 

This brother has battled through injuries time after time throughout his career and that can take a toll out of you as a player.

 

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When faced with adversity, Stroman has shown that you can overcome it and still become the best version of yourself. Stroman has learned to take care of his body, both mentally and physically and we can see how much that is paying off for the 32-year-old. 

 

Importance of mental health for Stroman

 

When Stroman signed with the Cubs in December of 2021, he posted on social media what his offseason routine consisted of. And part of that routine was focusing on his mental health. We’re starting to see more and more athletes today taking time out to focus on their mental health.

 

They are starting to understand how important it is to prioritize their mental health. For Stroman, he knew that this was something he did not want to take for granted.

 

“It’s more important as a human being, first and foremost,” he said in an NBC Sports article. “I think mental health is one of the most important aspects that people don’t focus on.”

 

Stroman understands that he is more than an MLB pitcher. He has a life outside of baseball and he wants to make sure he’s taking good care of himself.

 

“This world is a lot,” he said. “It’s a toxic place at times and it can drive you to the place where you kind of want to go crazy at times.”

 

“I’ve never been more calm in my life,” he said. “I’m able to find my calm, work through any adversity, through any turbulence.”

 

Stroman’s impact on the teams he’s played for

 

Stroman has played for three different teams, spending most of his time with the Toronto Blue Jays where he won a Gold Glove Award in 2017.

 

He also got a taste of the postseason in 2015 and 2016. Stroman possesses that swag and competitiveness on the mound that baseball fans weren’t used to seeing.

 

Stroman won a total of 47 games during his time in Toronto. He was traded to the New York Mets during the 2019 season, and he decided not to play during the COVID shortened season in 2020.

 

During the 2021 season, he led the Mets’ starting rotation in wins with 10 and he finished the season with a 3.02 ERA and 158 strikeouts.

 

Marcus Stroman Meets Josiah Gray In The Clash Of Melanated Mound Marauders

 

Stroman joined the Cubs in December of 2021, signing a three-year deal worth $71 million. In his first season with Chicago, he made 25 starts and finished with a 6-7 record with a 3.50 ERA.

 

He was named the Opening Day starter this season and picked up the win against the Milwaukee Brewers, going six innings and striking out eight. Stroman has embraced his time in Chicago, and the city and fans have done nothing but welcome him with open arms.

 

He has also enjoyed playing with his teammates. On May 29, Stroman was lights out against the Tampa Bay Rays, throwing a complete game only allowing one hit while striking out eight.

 

“I’m appreciative,” Stroman said in an article from mlb.com. “I’m now being more conscious and just trying to really enjoy the moments. In the past, I feel like I would just forget about it and already worry about the next start. I’m really trying to appreciate the vibe here.”

 

Stroman is taking full advantage of playing with catchers Tucker Barnhart and Yan Gomes.

 

“I’m very different,” he said. “I don’t look at any analytical information and I don’t even look at lineups. I essentially don’t know who I’m facing until I go into the game. Catchers now are so in tune, especially Yan and Tucker.”

 

“These guys not only are reading swings, swing to swing, but they’re also doing their reports and know, one through nine, how they’re going to attack. I’m someone who, I’m much better when I can just be fluid and in motion and not have to overthink.”

 

If Stroman can continue to make an impact for the Cubs the way he’s been doing this season, he can find himself getting an extension when his contract ends. 

 

Marcus Stroman’s foundation: “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart”

 

Turning an Acronym into Apparel: How Marcus Stroman Used a Slogan to Create #HDMH Clothing Brand

 

While he continues to play the game of baseball at a high level, Stroman makes time for his foundation “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart,” (HDMH) which was established in 2019. It’s not only a mentality, but also an apparel company and lifestyle brand where he personally designs each clothing piece.

 

The name of the foundation is very fitting for Stroman, who is only 5-foot-8. Stroman has shown time after time that height does not matter, and you can accomplish your dreams if you really want to and work hard at it.

The Medford, LI native also completed a series of children’s books in the offseason, designed to inspire kids and help them overcome life’s challenges in a positive manner.

 

MLBbro Pitcher Marcus Stroman Teaches Life’s Lessons Through New Children’s Book Series

 

Stroman wants to inspire the next generation to pursue their dreams, whether it’s sports focused or a different avenue.

 

While Stroman has a lot going on between his professional and personal life, he makes time to do the things that are important to him. Whether it’s focusing on his mental health, giving back to the community through his foundation, giving words of inspiration on social media, taking racism to task or showing support for everyone’s personal sexual choices, Stroman stands strong to his beliefs. 

He takes that same energy, dedication and emotion to the mound. That’s why he’s a well-respected player and individual who continues to make an impact as an MLB ballplayer. 

 

Tony Kemp Weekend In New York | He’s A Tall Order For Opposing Pitchers

Tony Kemp Weekend In New York | He’s A Tall Order For Opposing Pitchers

Tony Kemp put on a Broadway show this weekend in New York.

 He doubled his home run total for the year and hit a go-ahead, game-winning, three-run home run Friday night as he continues to play some of the best baseball of his career.

  Kemp, the Oakland A’s second baseman, came into June with just one home run. But within the last 20 days, he has hit three.  His most recent two happened under the bright lights of New York, and there’s no better feeling than putting on a show there.

It was a 2-2 count in the 6th inning as the Athletics trailed, 3-2.  With runners on the corners, Kemp was in the box facing a left-handed pitcher who before this season he had homered off of only once in his career, the last time being in 2019.  Well, the next pitch made it the second time he had done it this season alone. 

As the ball flew over the right field fence Kemp took a little extra time to admire his work. 

 

 

That feeling of hitting a home run in front of the Yankees faithful felt so good Kemp had to go for seconds, and he did not even wait a full 24 hours.  He was the second hitter of the game for the A’s and he launched a home run just feet from where his Friday night bomb landed.  

 

 

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge even showed Kemp some love on Twitter for his power display.

 

That’s what makes baseball special. Kemp is listed at 5-foot-6, 160 pounds while the Yankees Black Knight Twin Towers Judge and Giancarlo Stanton stand 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-6, respectively.  In all, this weekend, Kemp had two home runs and accounted for two runs and four RBI, while Judge and Stanton combined for no home runs and only two RBI.  Judge would even be robbed of a base hit by Kemp on a line out during Saturday’s game.

 

 

Kemp has been a solid piece of the Oakland roster this season. There was no guarantee that he would have a starting spot, but he has been making it extremely tough for manager Bob Melvin to not insert his name in the lineup at second base.  He is hitting .306 this month with three home runs, four doubles, 15 runs, 12 RBI and 10 walks.

Kemp has one of the best personalities in all of baseball.  Just watch how much fun he has during his postgame interviews.  

 

 

It is easy to have fun when you are as locked in as Kemp and his Athletics are.  They are sitting in second in the American League West despite having more wins than Dusty Baker’s Astros.

 

 

On the season, Kemp is hitting .276 with 25 runs scored, 17 RBI and four home runs.  He’ll look to stay locked in when the A’s travel to Arlington, Texas, for a three-game series against the Rangers to start the week.

Marcus Stroman’s Deep Bag Of Grit & Jedi Mind Tricks Blanks Colorado Rockies

Marcus Stroman’s Deep Bag Of Grit & Jedi Mind Tricks Blanks Colorado Rockies

“I gotta funky, funky rhyme with a funky style;

I gotta funky, funky rhyme with a funky, funky style;

I gotta funky rhyme…wit a funky, funky style;

I gotta funky rhyme…wit a funky, Bfunky style.”

  — Greg Nice, Hip Hop Junkies by Nice & Smooth

 

 

If there’s one thing you can say about New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman; he’s got style.

He’s one of the most exciting pitchers in baseball. He’s a fashion icon. 

 

He’s also an anomaly. At 5 feet 7 inches tall, he doesn’t strike an imposing form when on the mound. Since 2000, he’s one of only six pitchers under 5’10” to even make a start in Major League Baseball.

But every time he takes the ball, you can’t tell him he’s not the biggest, baddest, man in the stadium.

He has no fear; not of opposing lineups, and not of big moments. And right now, he’s entering one of the biggest moments of his career.

 

 

The Mets’ pitching staff has been hit hard by injury. Jacob deGrom just returned from the injured list, but New York is currently without fellow Black Aace Taijuan Walker, and Carlos Carrasco, and Jordan Yamamoto. The latest depressing news surrounds Noah Syndergaard, who will be shut down for another six weeks due to right elbow inflammation

Through all of it, Stroman has taken the hill every fifth day. 

Thursday afternoon he pitched six scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies, giving up only three hits as New York scratched out a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Stro picked up his team-leading fourth victory while dropping his earned run average to 2.47.

“I feel like I’ve always taken pride in taking the ball every fifth day and putting my team in a position to win,” he said after the game. “Since we have a lot of the guys on the DL, I just feel like it puts a little more pressure on the guys who are in the rotation to carry their load while those guys are out.”

If deGrom is the unquestioned ace of the Mets’ rotation, Stroman is its glue. 

 

 

Stroman’s allowed more than two earned runs in only two starts so far, and his 58.1 innings pitched are 13 more than anyone else on the roster.

“We’ve had some absences in our starting rotation, and this guy’s given us length,” said Mets manager Luis Rojas. “For me, what he’s done repeatedly, is that he’s helped our bullpen stay fresh…I think you have to give a lot of credit to him because he’s worked really hard, since last year when he didn’t pitch. He’s worked really hard to get into this position.”

The work is paying off for Stroman and the Mets, who continue to cling to first place in the National League East even with one of the worst offenses in baseball. Until the Mets’ offense can find some consistency and its pitching staff is once again whole, Marcus Stroman can be counted on to hold it down.

If you doubt him, just ask him. He’ll tell you.

 

“I don’t beg cause cause I’m not a begonia;

I dress warm so that I won’t catch pneumonia;

My rhymes are stronger than ammonia;

I’m a diamond, you’re a cubic zirconia.”

  • — MC Smooth B, Hip Hip Junkies

 

Marcus Stroman has always known he was a star. The rest of baseball is finally coming to that realization as well.

Marcus Stroman Still Throwing Filth, The Mets Offense Is Banging Zilch

Marcus Stroman Still Throwing Filth, The Mets Offense Is Banging Zilch

Marcus Stroman continued his exceptional pitching on Friday night, but his golden arm was offset by an anemic Mets offense that had gone 20 straight innings without scoring a run before pushing one across the plate in the 6th inning to add some drama to what was an otherwise lifeless game against a decimated Phillies team 

 

 

Stroman was pulled after throwing just 64 pitches and trailing 2-1. In addition to his lit pitching, Stroman tried his best to boost a sagging Mets offense by delivering one of the Mets’ three hits for the game, a double down the line. 

 

 

The Mets eventually scored in the sixth inning and Stroman was pulled from the game with a line of 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 earned runs and eight K’s. It was another ace-type outing from Stroman who lowered his ERA to 1.86 

 

 

Look at that filth Stroman was dealing on Friday night. He had dudes looking confused, like when your Grandad tries to decipher Kodak Black lyrics.

Stroman came into the year basically guaranteeing one of the best seasons of his career and he hasn’t disappointed. The diminutive diamond-miner has been in Ebenezer Scrooge on the mound. Friday was no different, as the Long Island product was bringing the Phillies the ruckus, which is why SNY analyst Ron Darling was baffled when Mets manager Luis Rojas took Stro out of the game. 

Ron Darling immediately assumed something was wrong because Stroman was rolling and
“unless he was hurt it wouldn’t make sense to take him out, especially as well as he pitched,” Darling said. He had electric stuff.”

 

Darling was spot on, but either way, Stroman gets another hard-luck loss. Let’s hope he bounces back from this quickly.