Marcus Stroman Declines Opening Day Start | Shortsighted Yankees Fans Are Upset, But Stroman Will Pitch Plenty Of Big Games

Marcus Stroman Declines Opening Day Start | Shortsighted Yankees Fans Are Upset, But Stroman Will Pitch Plenty Of Big Games

When Yankees ace Gerrit Cole went down with right elbow concerns with reports predicting 10-12 weeks on the shelf, the Bro community got excited because the next logical candidate to fill the March 28 Opening Day void in Houston would be veteran hurler Marcus Stroman. 

 

Stroman is built for the big moment and says he came back home to New York to help the Yankees make history. 

 

Marcus Stroman Refuses Opening Day Start 

 

Stroman would probably love the opportunity, but he has a finely-tuned body that must remain on a delicate schedule in order for him to remain healthy and effective throughout the 162-game grind, plus the playoffs. 

 

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Stroman made a business decision. 

 

With all that is at stake with his new two-year $37M dollar deal, Stroman prefers to stay on his current schedule, which has the meticulous righty lined up to pitch March 30 (Game 3 of the Astros series), and the April 5 home opener against the Blue Jays, which of course, he prefers. 

 

Family and friends will be in attendance to see the Medford, L.I. kid toss his first inning on the iconic Yankee Stadium hill. 

 

GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone approached Stroman to gauge his interest for the Opening Day assignment.

 

According to reports, Boone is still holding out hope that Stroman will change his mind, but Stroman isn’t going to start changing routines just because it’s Game 1. 

 

He wasn’t shy about it either. 

 

“I think they thought I was going to be like, ‘Hey, let me get it,’ ” Stroman said of the conversation after a Spring Training outing against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday.

“But like I said, that’s not my nature, man. Doesn’t matter to me.”

 

The way Storman operates is, he locks into a certain mental space and then he’s able to trigger all of the attributes, training and various preparations he puts into gearing up for an MLB season. 

 

Marcus Stroman Doesn’t Want To Break Routine To Cover Cole’s Opening Day Start 

 

Being mentally locked in from the beginning is just as important as how you feel physically. 

 

Stroman failed to make 30 starts in each of his two seasons with the Cubs (25), after leading the league with 33 starts for the New York Mets in 2021.

 

When the Yankees invested in Stroman, they invested in his program for achieving maximum results.

 

Therefore, you can’t knock him for refusing the assignment and setting his boundaries.  

 

Do NOT come asking me to do any wacky stuff. 

 

“People don’t understand how much changing your schedule at this point in the spring — might seem like it’s easy — but every little day matters,” said Stroman, who has pitched in three Opening Days, including last year for the Cubs.

 

Yankees Should Be Thinking Long-Term 

 

This shouldn’t be a big deal to the Yankees organization or Yankees fans. The long-term success of the team and health of the pitching staff in the wake of Cole’s unforeseen misfortunes, is most important. Let another professional starter on your staff have the honor of pitching an Opening Day. It’s a bucket-lister for any MLB pitcher of any talent level. 

 

For Stroman, there will be many more festive games. 

 

Every game will be a must-win game for Yankees starters as they navigate a brutal AL East Division without the Cy Young award winner and best pitcher in the game. 

 

This certainly wasn’t in the plans, after a productive offseason that saw the Bronx Bombers coral Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo and Trent Grisham, to balance out the Yankees’ lineup. 

 

Plus, Storman is in the Bronx to get wins and make headlines. He certainly craves that Opening Day slot at the stadium and barring mother nature impeding, he’s not letting anyone take that opportunity away from him. 

 

Stroman Makes MLBbro History With Second Yankees Home-Opener Start 

 

How many MLBbros have even started an Opening Day for the Yankees? 

 

One to be exact, and his name is CC Sabathia, who started a record six straight Opening Days for the Yankees from the season they signed him in 2009 until 2014. However, only two of those starts came at Yankees Stadium. A 2011 no decision against the Detroit Tigers and a loss to the Boston Red Sox in 2013. 

 

 

Either way, Stroman will be the second Black pitcher to ever tote the rubber for a Yankees season home-opener. 

 

There’s nothing better than that. Stroman is in the perfect position to start his Yankees career with a bang. No need to disrupt the money train, especially with Cole out for a significant amount of time to begin the 2024 campaign.  

Return Of Aaron Judge Spells The End Of Another Brother As Yankees Release Willie Calhoun

Return Of Aaron Judge Spells The End Of Another Brother As Yankees Release Willie Calhoun

When it comes to mainstream media, the spotlight and focus when it comes to a superstar’s injury is about the severity of the injury, the length of time on the injured list and the date of return. Since Aaron Judge tore his ligament in his toe, the New York Yankees waited patiently for his return, which was at the Baltimore Orioles last Friday.

 

 

It didn’t take long for the reigning MLBbro MVP to make a major impact and bring hope for the Yankees postseason chances. In Judge’s second game back, he went 3-5 with two RBI and a 442-foot blast into the cheap seats.

 

 

However, the most overlooked part of stories like this is the player who gets released so all these great things can happen. In this case, in order for Aaron Judge to return, another MLBbro was designated for assignment. In English, that means let go.

The Yankees released OF/DH Willie Calhoun last Friday. The team had brought Calhoun back to the roster after being on the 10-Day Injured List with a left quad strain.

 

 

During his short stint with the Yankees, this bro had a batting average of .239 with five homers and 16 RBI in 44 games. In Calhoun’s career, which includes time with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants (2022) and the Texas Rangers (2017-22), he has a career batting average of .240 with 37 round-trippers and 120 RBI in 301 games.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone had high praise for Calhoun, but as it turned out, he got caught up in the numbers game.

“[Calhoun] did a nice job with us,” manager Aaron Boone said before the Yankees took on the Orioles Friday night. “Really enjoy the person, too. He was a guy that was a lot of fun to be around, while also taking advantage of some opportunities and doing a really nice job with us. So those are the hard decisions that sometimes have to come up in the course of the season.”

 

What’s next for our MLBbro Willie Calhoun?
If MLBbro.com is being honest, Willie Calhoun’s career in baseball is cloudy at best and just unknown at worst.

 

The Bright Side:
If Calhoun can stay healthy, there is potential for him to be a platoon option and occasional offensive punch coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter.

Assuming that he makes it through waivers without any takers, Calhoun can go the free agent route (Think Aaron Hicks’ situation) and possibly get signed to a team directly. If a contender doesn’t make a splash at the trade deadline, a cheap low-risk option could be ideal for our MLBbro for an audition.

At 28, Calhoun is still young. Maybe a change of scenery with more opportunities (As if Willie Calhoun was going to start over Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton!) can save his career.

 

The Dark Side:
If Willie Calhoun wants to keep his Major League Baseball career going, he’s going to have to find a way to stay healthy. Injuries are close to derailing his career. Remember he was just coming off the 10-day IL when he was DFA’d.

His career high for games played in a season is only 83 with the Texas Rangers back in 2019.

The message is clear here. If a team does give Calhoun a chance, it might be his last if he brings the injury bug with him. His resume is dominated by his injury history and it may scare teams that are thinking about signing or trading for him.

 

Retroactive as of Friday, the New York Yankees have seven days to either trade Willie Calhoun or place him on waivers. Let’s see how this plays out next week.

Here Comes The Judge!

Here Comes The Judge!

In just his second game back from injury, Aaron Judge homered and banged out two singles to help the Yankees roll over the first place Orioles, 8-3, on Saturday.

Drake Shows Love To Stanton And Judge In NYC On Stage At “It’s All a Blur Tour”

Drake Shows Love To Stanton And Judge In NYC On Stage At “It’s All a Blur Tour”

NEW YORK, NY — New York Yankees superstars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton made a huge appearance at Madison Square Garden in front of a sold out crowd at Drake’s concert.

 

The Bronx bombers completed a weekend sweep of the Kansas City Royals, some of the players wanted to experience a night around the Big Apple. At the “It’s All a Blur Tour”, Drake hit the stage to a roaring crowd, but he wasn’t alone. The crowd got even louder when the fans spotted Judge and Stanton accompany Drake on stage. 

 

 

All three guys gave out high fives as they made their way through the crowd towards the stage. Drake performed many of his hits and the two MLBbro sluggers were rocking out with the rest of the electrifying crowd. 

 

 

Stanton played hours earlier going 2-for-4 in the win. Judge hasn’t been in the starting lineup since he suffered a sprained big right toe, when he ran into a fence in the outfield against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 3 at Dodger Stadium. Judge traveled with the team on their recent road trip in support of his teammates. 

Good news came on Sunday for the Yankees and their fans, as Judge was seen taking live batting practice in a rehab assignment. 

 

 

“To have Aaron [Judge] get in there and be able to have to take pitches, where you’re swing, swing, swing, no, those are good tests that he’s got to go through in working his way back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the New York Post. 

 

 

Judge is dedicated to his rehab and making a regular season return sooner than later. The Yankees could still be in the hunt for the AL Wild Card spot and having Judge return could only be a boost for them. The Yankees have three tough series against the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, and Tampa Bay Rays on deck. 

For more updates on the status of Aaron Judge, stay tuned to MLBbro.com