Ross Stripling had the year of his life in 2018. Furthermore, he was named an All Star for the first time, and posted a career low ERA of 3.02. While starting 21 games for the Dodger, he appeared at times to be the ace.
Recently, Stripling appeared on MLB Network’s Hot Stove to talk about the upcoming 2019 season for himself and his team.
Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling appeared this morning on MLB Network's Hot Stove: https://t.co/27AMWYBJyD
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 27, 2018
Of course, Jon Morosi asked Stripling about his prowess as a licensed stock broker. Stripling said that the market is volatile, but he still enjoys his trade.
However, Stripling did not sound like his concern for the Dodgers roster construction reflects the same volatility. When asked about how he deals with the rumors that involves his teammates:
Right, you know I think you kind of stay even-keel with it. You’ll get tagged with stuff on Instagram – I got tagged saying I had been traded to the Pirates for Cervelli. And you kind of have a little bit of a shock and don’t know whether or not to believe it. Obviously, the big trade with the Reds I lost my roommates in Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer. It’s a business, but at the end of the day we trust that Andrew Friedman and those guys are making great decisions for your squad. They’re gonna clear up some money to go sign guys like Bryce Harper or use some trade chips to make a move for a guy like Corey Kluber.
Stripling remains the consummate professional who is well-spoken, and handles himself well on the field as a competitor. While his role for 2019 remains in question at the current time – he will be a factor for the Dodgers.
Furthermore, the Dodgers remain fortunate to have All-Star arms like Stripling just laying around at their disposal. Entering his age-29 season without a lot of tread on the tires, Stipling figures to be an integral part of the near-term future at Chavez Ravine. His upbeat attitude is refreshing, and he will remain; a winning ballplayer to have on the squad.
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