Dodgers: Ross Stripling Posts Heartfelt Goodbye to Los Angeles

Chicken Strip says goodbye to the fans and organization.

The Dodgers sent off Ross Stripling to Toronto at the trade deadline, and it was felt by fans all around Los Angeles. Stripling has really become a fan favorite over the last couple of years, and his sudden departure caught a lot of people off guard. 

On Tuesday night, while the Dodgers were playing against Arizona, Stripling posted his farewell message. He took to Instagram to thank the fans and the franchise for everything that they have done for him in his career. 

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THANK YOU to the entire Dodgers organization and everyone I have met since being drafted. It has been an honor to wear a Dodger uniform for the last 5 seasons. Shelby and I have been very fortunate to make amazing memories and lifelong friendships over the years. We will cherish our time in Los Angeles forever and would like to thank you for welcoming us with open arms. I was lucky to be apart of a very special team and compete with some of the best in baseball. Thank you to my teammates, the city of Los Angeles, and the Dodger fans for making my time as a Dodger so memorable. As I embark on a new chapter, I look forward to the exciting adventure ahead with the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s an organization with a bright future and I can’t wait to be apart of it! Go Jays!

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Ross was drafted by the Dodgers back in 2012 in the 5th round out of Texas A&M. From there, he shot up through the minor league system and made his big league debut in 2016 against the Giants. Strip tossed 7+ no-hit innings before being pulled on a 100-pitch limit in what was truly a debut to remember. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. I was shocked when I heard this news! I’m truly sorry to see you leave, but sincerely wish you nothing but the best with the Jays. Enjoy Canada when the border finally opens. It’s a beautiful Country with very nice people.
    Thank you for all your hard work with the Dodgers. You will be missed.

  2. I was very surprised & shocked to hear the news that your going to Toronto. Thank you for all you’ve done for the Dodgers & I hope you have lots of luck with the Blue Jays . We will miss you very much.

  3. Good guy but never meet the potential that the Dodgers expected from him. He is maybe a long reliever 2-3 innings tops. This will give the youngsters a chance. I wish him good luck in Toronto.

  4. From Chicken Strip to Buffalo Wing! It would be very interesting to see him and Ryu again in the WS.

  5. Chicken Strip, you were always one of my favorites and I will be checking in on you to see how you’re doing at Rogers Centre. When they open the dome you get to check out the CNN tower. It’s a pretty cool place to play and a great city. The only thing is the traffic is almost as bad as LA, but it’s a lot smaller, they have four seasons, and you can walk. You’ll love it up there Ross.

  6. Im going to miss you Ross . THANK YOU for giving us the most exiting time of your career but lives goes on You ll be back sooner than you think…Read my words

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