Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman appears on hip-hop artist Mike Stud’s latest single “Shine.” It’s actually the second time he has appeared on a Stud track. Last January he rapped on the song “These Days.”
The basis of the collaboration is not necessarily 100% artistic, however. Stroman and Stud were teammates on the Duke University baseball team. Still, as far as rapping ballplayers go, Stroman is better than . . . well, any other ballplayers who have tried rapping. Although the line “only bright side of Donald Trump is tax breaks” is . . . ugh.
Duke University: not necessarily a noted cradle of hip hop, but if there was going to be hip hop that gave nods to upper class tax breaks, you know it was going to come from Duke University.
Check him out:
(h/t Proudly Canadian)
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.