MLB Upstart Wins a Rolex From Marcus Stroman After Completing His Challenge, Leaving Fans Overjoyed

Published 11/25/2022, 7:00 AM EST

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In recent years, Marcus Stroman has built himself a reputation as one of the MLB’s better pitchers. During his career, Stroman has made the All-Star team once, in 2019, and won the Gold Glove award in 2017. Other than that, Stroman has made the postseason twice, early in his career, and made 5 appearances over 4 series.

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And that lack of postseason success looks set to continue as Stroman plays for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have not made the playoffs in the 2 years that Stroman has been at the club. Stroman was recently involved in a touching moment with a fellow pitcher.

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Marcus Stroman fulfilled a bet that he’d made with a fellow pitcher

Marcus Stroman fulfilled a bet that he’d made with Cleveland Guardians’ pitcher Triston McKenzie. Before the start of the 2022 MLB season, McKenzie tweeted, “I need an @ROLEX with a fluted bezel.” And Marcus Stroman replied, “If you go over 160 innings with a 3.7 ERA or lower this season… I’ll buy you a Rolex!” Notably, during the 2022 season, McKenzie pitched 191.1 innings with an ERA of 2.96, thus keeping up his end of the bargain.

And in a tweet shared by Talkin’ Baseball, it seems that Stroman kept up his end of the bargain as well. The image shows a screenshot of McKenzie’s statline and what looks like him wearing the Rolex watch.

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The Cubs ace kept his promise and delivered the Rolex. Baseball fans have been extremely positive in response to Stroman’s huge gesture. These are some of the reactions on Twitter.

Baseball fans lauded Stroman for keeping his side of the bargain and being a good friend. He did something that not a lot of baseball players would do in making the challenge and keeping up his side of the bargain.

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The bet was a wholesome moment between a senior pitcher and an up-and-coming rookie of the game. It likely pushed McKenzie to work on his game even harder to achieve this goal.

Will Stroman and the Cubs make the playoffs in 2023?

It looks unlikely that the Chicago Cubs make the playoffs in 2023 unless they make big changes to the roster this offseason. The Cubs finished the 2022 season with a win-loss record of 74-88 and were third in the NL East. Unless the Cubs improve drastically next season, it looks unlikely they’ll finish any higher than that. In addition to this, Stroman had a relatively average 2022 season and will be looking to improve.

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Stroman holding up his end of the bet was a wholesome moment. Do you think Marcus Stroman and the Cubs will make the playoffs? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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