Stro-Show Poised for Greatness North of the Border in 2016
Exuberance, confidence and a love affair for the game and the competition it instils are just a few of the qualities Marcus Stroman exudes on a daily.
Stroman defied the odds last season heroically returning from the disabled list in time for the Toronto Blue Jays first playoff berth in 22 years. The 24-year old tore the ACL in his left knee during a bunting drill early in spring training. The injury that required surgery was surmised to be season ending. A season ending surgery for anyone not named Marcus Stroman.
Stroman fought and clawed his way back to health while rehabbing at his former Alma mater Duke University. The hurler also found the fortitude to finish his degree in the process.
The 5’8″ hurler who patented his trademark slogan “Height Don’t Measure Heart” now figures to be the Jays opening day starter and an invaluable cog in the Blue Jays rotation. The offensive-minded Jays are hungry and motivated after experiencing a taste of post-season baseball, an epic run that united a nation. Stroman will be front and centre if the Jays plan on catching lightning in a bottle again this season.
Stroman makes no bones about his desire to be the ace of the Blue Jays staff as reported in a recent interview with Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet. I want to be the ace,” Stroman says. “I want to be the ace of the staff for many, many years. I want to be the best in the game. That’s why I work like I do. And I’ll continue to do so until I am.”
The inspired Stroman seems to has his hands in more than just baseball these days. The pitcher spit balled a verse on his rapper pal and former Duke teammate Mike Stud remix track titled “These Days”. He also just inked a deal with the sports drink Bio-Steel and launched his new HDMH clothing line.
Marcus Stroman Spits hot Fire on Mike Stud Remix of These Days https://t.co/WZ3VGuh5ZA @Mike_Stud @MStrooo6 pic.twitter.com/QztCrukqeF
— Clayton Richer (@ClaytonRicher) January 13, 2016
The culturally-aware Stroman will look to build on his promising 3.31 career earned run average as the big man on campus. The young hurler toed the rubber for 130.2 innings in his rookie campaign but then only 27 innings last season prior to his three post-season starts. The Blue Jays faithful would like to see Stroman climb that bump close to 200 times in 2016. It would bode well for the team’s success.
.@MStrooo6’s ready to prove #HDMH as @BlueJays ace: https://t.co/N12bajH8k3 pic.twitter.com/iA7HbY1auw
— MLB (@MLB) January 20, 2016
He utilizes a 6-pitch arsenal and has a work ethic second to none. Stroman boasted to the media last week at the Jays Winter Tour that he and teammate Aaron Sanchez have been eagerly working out together twice a day during the off-season in preparation for the new campaign.
“Every day in the gym, our slogan was nine every five, the idea of going nine innings every five days. We weren’t doing two-a-days for him to be a reliever. Everything that we did was to go out there and throw 200-plus (innings).”
He has the make-up, repertoire and tenacity to be one of the game’s very best, don’t be surprised to hear Stroman’s name in the Cy Young conversation come season’s end. He is that good.
The Stro-Show will not be denied and is poised for greatness, just wait and see.
Originally published at baseballhotcorner.com on January 26, 2016.