New York Mets starter Marcus Stroman showcased his trademark confidence in himself and his abilities in his latest encounter with the press. Far from a bad thing, believing in himself is what has made Stroman a successful starter throughout his whole career.
For Stroman, the 2021 season will be about leaving 2020 behind, a year in which he elected not to play with the New York Mets because concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
This time around, the Mets extended him an $18.9 million qualifying offer for one year of his services, which he accepted after careful consideration.
Stroman believes, according to what he told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, that the fact that he has appeared in only 11 games after the Mets acquired him in the 2019 trade deadline has created “this huge stigma.”
“I just kind of laugh at that,” Stroman said. “I know what I’m going to put in this year, going forward. … There’s no room to miss for me.”
Stroman is in love with the New York Mets’ additions
Prior to last season, Stroman didn’t show any hesitation in saying that he has “the best core in the league,” the best sinker, the best mental and physical conditioning, and many other things.
He also has great things to say about the New York Mets and the direction that the franchise took this offseason.
“I think we’re unbelievable,” Stroman said. “I love our staff, one through five. I love our entire team, to be honest with you. If we’re nitpicking, you can nitpick with any team and say, ‘Oh yeah, it would be better if they added this, this and this.’ But let’s be real here. Look at who we added in the offseason, and let’s be thankful for that. Let’s get the fan base excited and ready to play baseball for this year.”