Marcus Stroman changes tune about New York Mets

Sep 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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It did not take long for Marcus Stroman to change his mind. He had indicated that he wanted to stay with the New York Mets, only to change his mind when they decided to pursue Max Scherzer as their priority. It certainly made sense – Scherzer is a proven ace, and while Stroman has been a solid pitcher, he is not in the same class.

Those issues appeared to be over once Stroman signed with the Cubs. He wished the Mets and their fans well and seemed to be settling into Chicago. It did not take him long to become a fan favorite on Twitter, with the two sides clearly feeling the love.

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At least, it all seemed to be over. Clearly, Stroman felt some lingering resentment from his departure, blasting the Mets and general manager Billy Eppler in a series of tweets that started out with his hopes that Michael Conforto would leave New York.

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Stroman also had some issues with the Mets prior to his departure. He had liked a tweet indicating that their lack of interest in him was racially motivated, but then turned around and liked a tweet that had called a Mets’ beat writer an ethnic slur. Kind of cannot have it both ways there.

But this is the way it is with Stroman. He has no problems blasting others or speaking his mind. However, when others say something he does not like, he goes on a blocking spree online. It is an act that can wear thin.

There is no questioning Stroman’s talent when he is on the mound. When healthy, he has performed as a solid second starter, someone that can make a difference in a rotation. That chip on his shoulder can be infectious and give a pitching staff that edge they need. But with that comes his other nonsense.

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Marcus Stroman had seemingly put the New York Mets in his rearview mirror. Instead, they remain on his mind even though he has left.