PORT ST. LUCIE — Marcus Stroman got tired of wearing what he perceived as inferior cleats, so he designed his own.
The Mets right-hander says he spent the last two years developing a cleat under the SHUGO brand, incorporating his personality and desire for safety on the mound. Stroman previously tore an anterior cruciate ligament while pitching for the Blue Jays.
“It’s a brand that literally has incorporated everything from color schemes, my story, my journey, all the way up to cleat production,” Stroman said Sunday after pitching three innings in the Mets 4-4 exhibition tie with the Marlins. “It’s the safest cleat for your knees, for your body, as far as flexibility, as far as plate. I kind of created a cleat with my doctors and with the team to put my body in the best position out there.”
Stroman’s design includes his graduation date from Duke, which he referred to as “the biggest accomplishment in my life.” He says his next goal is to get more athletes wearing his brand.
“I get chills thinking about that,” Stroman said. “That is going to be my next goal — I just want to wear them this year myself and I would love to see…