Long Island baseball star signs with Mets
Marcus Stroman, of Medford, will come home to play for the New York Mets after his stint in Toronto
BY GLENN ROHRBACKER
It’s where his heart lies and his family resides.
That’s the attitude of Marcus Stroman, 28, the newest pitcher for the New York Mets (No.7) and a graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School.
“Crazy excited for this part of my journey,” Stroman tweeted after the announcement was made public. “Some things were meant to be!”
The trade came just days before the deadline for this season, and the Mets handed the Blue Jays two pitching prospects: Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson. The Mets also received some cash with Stroman.
“Marcus is a dynamic talent who will bring tremendous passion to our team and energy our fans will truly appreciate,” said Brodie Van Wagenen, general manager of the Mets. “As a Long Island native, we believe that he will thrive playing in New York.”
Stroman went to the Blue Jays after attending Duke University, having been picked up in the 2012 draft. He is scheduled for free agency after the 2020 season. He was chosen to pitch in the 2019 All Star Game, his first. He was also given a Golden Glove Award in 2017.
Stroman received support from his Toronto family, including well wishes from the Blue Jays, Raptors, and other organizations who he has interacted with. He thanked the Blue Jays for his time there, but recognized that it has always been a dream of his to play with the Amazin’s, as shown in a photo he posted of himself as a toddler sporting a Mets jacket.
Stroman will meet the Mets in Chicago while they finish a series against the White Sox, then move on to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates. The Mets did not announce when Stroman would be put into the official rotation.
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