Cubs’ Marcus Stroman on first children’s book: ‘If I get an idea … I put it right into motion’

PITTSBURGH – Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman posted the cover of her first book, loosely based on her childhood and written for ages 8 to 12, on Twitter on Friday.

Stroman’s interests outside of baseball are wide-ranging, from podcasting to wine. He has launched two clothing brands – the second, SHUGO, is due out in November. This three-part series, published by Simon & Schuster, is his latest adventure.

“If I have an idea and I want to do something, I do it,” Stroman said in a conversation with the Sun-Times. “I’m not waiting. I put it in motion. I have a great team around me, people who help me realize all my ideas. … I was very involved, which was great. So I’m excited to see the reaction once it’s out.”

The first book in the series, titled “The Grip,” is already available for pre-order and is set to go on sale January 31, 2023.

“It’s loosely based on my upbringing as a kid,” Stroman said. “Young minority child coming in, parents divorced, playing sports, going to school and dealing with all the things young kids are going to face: bullies, juggling homework and homework, living to your mom’s house and then go to your dad’s house being in a divorced household. So I’m excited. I’m super excited. Because it’s really about mental adversity and mental health as well.

When asked to imagine one day his toddler son picking up his father’s book to read, Stroman took a moment to think about what he’d like Kai to take away from it.

“Just to always be himself, pursue his dreams with passion, never let anyone get in the way of his dreams,” Stroman said. “I feel like most of the time in this world, especially with social media, there are so many people working against you – or there are so many ways to give in to people and not allow you to really chase what you want to do in life. So I think it’s extremely important to keep a small group of people who love you and who are going to support you.

Stroman said the next two books in the series will also be semi-autobiographical, and while he has some ideas, their exact subject matter has yet to be decided.

A few months before “The Grip” was released, Stroman planned another release party. Pre-orders of the SHUGO ZERO cleats and sneakers, in three different colorways, went live at shug0.com earlier this week. Stroman said he was targeting the first or second week of November for the launch party.

Injury Updates

Cubs left-handed Brandon Hugheswho rolled his ankle on the mound on Thursday, was still in some pain the next day, manager David Ross said.

“He said, ‘I’m going to tape it and be ready to go,'” Ross said. “So we’ll see. It’s a good mentality for him.

Seeker Willson Contreras (sprained left ankle) participated in a full slate of baseball activities Friday, according to the team. This included infield batting practice and base management. The Cubs have yet to reveal a timeline for his return.

left handed cubs Drew Smyly played a lightweight game on Friday. The Cubs skipped his last start due to his tired left shoulder.

left-handed justin steel (tense lower back) launched a “touch and feel” bullpen on Wednesday and is scheduled for another bullpen in the coming days.

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