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Jays’ Marcus Stroman Returns To Long Island To Host Free Youth Clinic

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was back where it all began Saturday morning, hosting a free youth baseball clinic on Long Island, New York.

Stroman, 26, is a Long Island native having attended Patchogue-Medford High School.

The clinic was organized by Pro Camps at Hofstra University, and was part of Major League Baseball’s “Players Going Home” program.

According to MLB.com, boys and girls ranging from first to eighth grade attended the clinic. Stroman discussed his path to the majors, his approach to baseball, the importance of education, among other subjects.

“Being from Long Island, this is home base,” said Stroman. “My family still lives here. This is where my roots are, this is where I’m from, this is where I was raised. So to be able to come back here and have this camp for kids that are in the same position I was in, it’s special.”

Stroman’s father Earl and mother Adlin Auffant attended the clinic.

The Jays’ righty is coming off his first career Gold Glove win, having been awarded the American League honor Tuesday night. MLB.com mentions Stroman talked about the pride he took in winning the award during the clinic, quoting him saying it was “the one award that I always really wanted.”

Stroman talked about what it meant to him:

“It’s surreal. Being surrounded by (Dave) Winfield, Reggie Jackson, (Derek) Jeter, Ozzie Smith, a bunch of greatness in one room. That only makes me want to work harder. Just to be in that, I’m extremely lucky, and blessed I had my whole family there. It was kind of an awesome accumulation, the (World Baseball Classic), throwing 200 innings this past year, and the hard work that not only myself but my whole family put into it.”

When it comes to positively impacting children using his platform as a professional athlete, Stroman’s on board 100%.

“I realize how big of a role I can have in their lives, how influential I could be. Just by coming out here, just keeping it casual, just being around them, just answering any crazy questions they have, or just throwing the ball with them. I love being around them and I realize how much that can do for their spirits and going forward.”

Stroman’s coming off his best overall season in 2017. In 33 games/starts, he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA (ninth best in AL), exceeding 200 innings for the second straight season.

Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays was also giving back Saturday, helping run a Players Going Home clinic in his hometown of Clayton, North Carolina.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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