Marcus Stroman with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Marcus Stroman has become so advanced in the art of pitching that umpires throughout baseball have no idea how to respond to such a unique style. (Photo courtesy of Arturo Pardavila)

When you watch a big-league pitcher, even though they’re amongst the best in the world at what they do, rarely do you see one who stands out from the rest of the pack.  When it comes to pitching being more of an art form than a sport, a few names that come to mind include Pedro Martinez and Sandy Koufax.  Based on the special brand of pitching he’s displayed in 2017, it may be time to add Marcus Stroman‘s name to such a list.

It’s pretty special to watch an elite athlete as they develop into something you rarely see even in a league filled with the very best.  Stroman has never pitched better than he has in 2017, and as he works to perfect his hesitation and quick pitch, fans are witnessing an athlete who continues to push the limits of how good he can be.

Far too often someone comes around who does things differently and is unfortunately misunderstood or even criticized because of it.  What we’ve been seeing this season with how some umpires and hitters react to the way Stroman pitches is this exact sort of thing.  Stroman has become so advanced in the art of pitching that a good number of people have no clue how to react when he starts mixing up the timing and movements of his delivery.

The funniest thing about how these umpires and players have been responding to Stroman’s unique approach to pitching is that he’s only just beginning to scratch the surface of what he’s capable of.  As he continues to develop and work to perfect throwing-off hitters, it’s only going to get tougher for these batters to figure him out.

Major League Baseball would be smart to let Stroman do his thing and not allow umpires with pea-sized imaginations to get in the way of a master craftsman.  What makes professional sports so special is that as a fan you get to witness such rare talents who are able to perform at a level normal people couldn’t even dream of.  Stroman is quickly becoming one of the rarest of talents amongst big-league players, and baseball fans everywhere want to see what he’s truly capable of without anyone holding him back.

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