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Inside a long, bizarre day for the Toronto Blue Jays and Marcus Stroman

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TORONTO – Just before 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Marcus Stroman left the Blue Jays clubhouse at Rogers Centre. While his teammates at the start of the day turned left toward the bus that would take them to a plane chartered for Kansas City, Stroman walked straight ahead, past the assembled media and down to the player parking lot where he got into his car and drove off.

When he returns to Rogers Centre, if he returns, it’ll be as a visiting player.

A few minutes earlier, Stroman heard the news: he had been traded to New York, and not to the Yankees but to the Mets, for two pitching prospects, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson. For Stroman, it’s a chance to pitch close to home, albeit for a losing team. For the Blue Jays, the trade capped a day of wholesale change impacting virtually every facet of the organization from the rotation to the starting lineup to the farm system to the coaching staff.

Perhaps predictably, emotions were running high. Around the time the news of the trade was breaking, a commotion could be heard within the Blue Jays’ clubhouse. The cause and source were unclear, but someone was seemingly upset based on the noise. Media members were not admitted to the clubhouse afterwards, an unusual occurrence that underscores the bizarre nature of the day.

Hours earlier, it was already clear that this wasn’t your ordinary Sunday at the ballpark. At 12:45 p.m., roughly 20 minutes before first pitch,........

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