Marcus Stroman Rips Astros: 'Now, They’re All Quiet'

Video From 2017 Season Shows Houston Using Scheme Against Blue Jays Pitchers

Alec Gearty
January 20, 2020 - 1:59 pm
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Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman voiced his extreme displeasure with the Houston Astros in wake of MLB's report into the sign-stealing scandal. 

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Stroman appeared to fall victim to the scheme, which consisted of the banging a trash can to transmit signs and pitches to Astros' batters. In November, Ian Hunter of Blue Jays Nation posted a video to highlight the Astros' cheating method from Stroman's 2017 start. Stroman criticized the Astros for "ruining the integrity of the game" on Monday.

Stroman appeared to fall victim to the scheme, which consisted of the banging a trash can to transmit signs and pitches to Astros' batters. In November, Ian Hunter of Blue Jays Nation posted a video to highlight the Astros' cheating method from Stroman's 2017 start. Stroman criticized the Astros for "ruining the integrity of the game" on Monday.

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"S— makes sense now," Stroman posted for his over 487,000 followers. "I remember wondering how these guys were laying off some of my nasty pitches. Relaying all my signs in live speed to the batter. Ruining the integrity of the game. These dudes were all about the camera and social media. Now, they’re all quiet! Lol"

Stroman previously addressed the same clip, which has been viewed over one million times. 

Stroman's former manager Carlos Beltran was mentioned in the report as one of the players who discussed how the Astros "could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter." Beltran stepped down as Mets' manager on Thursday, while Boston's Alex Cora and Houston's AJ Hinch were fired from their managerial positions. 

"Many individuals on here saying to intentionally throw at the Houston hitters," Stroman continued on Twitter. "Personally, I would never do that. Too calm in my mind to want to retaliate and would never try to injure another human being over past actions. Revenge will never solve anything...karma will!

Stroman, then a member of the Blue Jays, visited Minute Maid Park once during the 2017 season, where he allowed a season-high 11 hits. 

Astros infielders Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve attempted to avoid questions relating the scandal at the team's recent FanFest. Altuve told reporters, "It's a tough situation as a team and we have to stay together."

Stroman and co. are scheduled to face the Astros four times this season. The Mets will travel to Houston on April 7 and 8, while they return to Citi Field to face the Astros on June 2 and 3.

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