Marcus Stroman makes sure that the Blue Jays manager knows he is not happy to be retired



In the seventh inning of Saturday's White Sox-Blue Jays rally in Toronto (CHW 7, TOR 2), Jays starter Marcus Stroman gave up a pair of singles followed by a line-out and then another simple. At that time, the Stroman Jays lost 3-0 with corner runners, and manager Charlie Montoyo went to the mound for a pitching change.

Stroman, as you are about to see, was not very happy:

Marcus Stroman argued with manager Charlie Montoyo after being pulled in the seventh. They also exchanged words with Pete Walker in the dugout. pic.twitter.com/OHRWOHJwFB

– The north side (@locatednorth) May 11, 2019

When Stroman arrived at the booth, apparently he had not calmed down:

Drama here at the Rogers Center. Marcus Stroman was removed from the game and was not happy with that at all. He let Charlie Montoyo take him on the way to the mound and then had some words of choice for Pete Walker in the dugout. #BlueJays

– Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) May 11, 2019

Pete Walker is the Toronto pitching coach. By contemporary standards, that's not really a quick snag. Stroman worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs, three of which were won. Stroman also had 97 pitches when Montoyo made his play. Considering that he had allowed three punches in the frame and another well-hit ball that became an out, it seems that Stroman might have reacted in an exaggerated manner a bit.

That said, it's hard to blame a major league pitcher, "raised" for being extremely competitive, for wanting to finish his job. As a right-handed listing at 5 feet 7, Stroman certainly has an additional layer of that competitive streak, and that's almost always a good thing. He's also enjoying a quality season so far (3.12 ERA after Saturday's start), so he probably has a lot of confidence right now. In any case, the manager and the mound have probably already left this behind.


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