News broke yesterday that Toronto Blue Jays head athletic trainer Nikki Huffman would not be returning in 2020 and that set off a series of tweets from Marcus Stroman on social media.
Marcus Stroman and Nikki Huffman were linked from their days at Duke University as Huffman was credited with rehabbing Stroman back to health in time for the 2015 postseason. Huffman would eventually leave her post at Duke to take on the Blue Jays head athletic trainer role when George Poulis departed for Atlanta two years ago.
It would appear that Huffman is leaving the Blue Jays organization to open up her own rehab centre for athletes, however, aside from Stroman, all parties have yet to address the departure.
In typical Stroman fashion, he took to Twitter to offer words of encouragement for Huffman and throw shade at his former employer. The Mets hurler fired off a cryptic tweet that was later deleted- “Impossible for growth when you’re being limited and under-appreciated. Time to change the world! @NikiG_13.”
Stroman would follow up the initial tweet with another about removing toxicity to prosper, so needless to say, Stroman still holds some resentment toward the Blue Jays brain trust.
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The Jays announced some internal reshuffling earlier this week but Huffman was not named in those moves. Huffman was a groundbreaker of sorts being only the second female to hold down her position among the four major league sports. The only other female head athletic trainer was Sue Falsone who held the position with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011-13.
We wish nothing but the best of luck for Huffman in her future endeavors, however, it is almost comical that Stroman is still finding ways to throw shade at the Blue Jays even though the Toronto chapter of his career is closed.
I guess it is what it is, Stroman being Stroman.