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Pedro Strop
Pedro Strop in 2017.jpg
Strop with the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs – No. 46
Born: (1985-06-13) June 13, 1985 (age 34)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 28, 2009, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record28–30
Earned run average3.21
Career highlights and awards

Pedro Ángel Strop (born June 13, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Strop made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers in 2009, and also played for the Baltimore Orioles until 2013.

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- [Pedro] In the Dominican Republic, like, it is easier to think, and breathe. Like, sometimes I see video of myself on the mound I'm like, "Wow!" Like, I don't even realize that I get that crazy. Man, my adrenaline goes, goes up and I get pumped up, and then I do all the punches and I go screaming like. After that it's like, you gotta be tranquilo, like, You gotta, at least, try. Tranquilo, you know like, I'm fine. [laughs] Palenque is my hometown and I love to, to spend my offseason here. You want a beach? You want a pool? You want perfect weather? I have them all here and I have my people around, so, knowing those people want to be around me, it makes me feel good. Palenque, it used to be a town that nobody didn't know about a lot, now, Palenque is being recognized because of baseball players. Down there is, uh, Juan Valera, el jefe. This is the guy that, uh, that pretty much worked with all the players around here, so, uh, that's a big name here. - Everybody just wants to be a big leaguer so, that emotion is part of our life. My morning, every time, I grab a coffee and I just come over here and watch the practice. Sometimes I jump on the field and help- try to help. This is part of what I'm gonna do when I'm done playing, maybe just, help the kids here. It was always my dream, to play baseball, when I was a little kid because, like, that's all you see here in Palenque. This is my neighborhood, where I grew up. My first contract, we're talking about when I was 16 years old, and I remember it was like, $50,000, and I was like, "Wow, I'm rich!" I thought it was the end of the world. The first thing I heard from my coach was like, "Okay, you happy right?" and I was like, "Yeah, I'm happy, I feel rich," and I, he was like, "Uh-uh. Work hard, and this is nothing compared to how much money you gonna make." I love these chairs, oh, yeah. Tranquilo. - When I was like, 18 years old- She's Christian, same as them, she's being Christian so she's just been singing and it's fun. I like it. ♪ [singing in Spanish] ♪ - This is my dad, right here. And that's my stepmom. He passed away when I was 14, yeah. Great dad. My dad passed away and I- things wasn't easy after that. When I signed, I feel like, "Okay, now it's my time to take over my family, and make sure we have money to pay everything and since then I've been working just for them." I always say it to myself, "You gotta believe. You have to believe. You gotta really believe on it," and I think that's what I did and I made it to the big league right next. So that's when I got even bigger with believe. I always think like, "Okay, what you gonna do when you're done playing? Because, when you're a lawyer or architect, you're a lawyer forever, until you die, but, when you're done playing you're an ex-baseball player. That's the shortest career ever, that's why I build my house and everything here because, I'm not planning on living anywhere else. Life is short. Baseball is way shorter. You gotta enjoy your life the way you like it. ♪ [music] ♪



Colorado Rockies

Strop was originally signed as an international free agent by the Colorado Rockies in 2002. Strop was a position player in the Rockies minor league system from 2002 to 2005, primarily playing shortstop. Strop moved from shortstop to pitching in 2006 due to posting poor hitting numbers.[1] His tenure in the Rockies organization ended with his release by the Rockies on September 19, 2008.

Texas Rangers

Strop was signed by the Texas Rangers as a free agent on September 23, 2008. On August 28, 2009 Pedro made his MLB debut and struck out his first batter, the Twins star catcher Joe Mauer. Pedro Strop appeared in seven games in 2009, pitching seven innings. He gave up six hits, six runs, and four walks and had an ERA of 7.71. He struck out nine batters as well.

Strop pitched one game in June 2010, on the second against the White Sox in which he struck out one batter, and walked a batter and went back to the minors. In a trade the Texas Rangers made that sent Bengie Molina to the team, Pedro Strop was rewarded with the empty roster spot. He pitched in three games before returning to the minors when other trades were made. As of his last appearance on July 9 against Baltimore, he appeared in four games overall in the 2010 season, pitching 3.2 innings while giving up three hits and a run. He has walked three batters and struck out three batters.

Baltimore Orioles

On August 31, 2011, Strop was traded from the Rangers to the Baltimore Orioles as the player to be named later in the trade for Mike Gonzalez.[2] He finished his 2011 season going 2-0 for Baltimore with a 0.73 ERA. His pitching success continued for the majority of 2012.Through August 15 of that season, Strop achieved a 1.20 ERA primarily as a set up man to closer Jim Johnson. But over the final six weeks of the season, Strop's ERA for that period was 7.24 with an OPS of .916.[3] He picked up a win against the Yankees pitching two innings in extra innings in the 2012 American League Division Series playoffs. After pitching well in the World Baseball Classic prior to the start of the 2013 season, Strop's late season 2012 struggles continued. In 29 games for the Orioles, Strop went 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA.[4] Baltimore crowds began to boo the reliever and Strop said of the booing, "They [the fans] don't care about players, they care about good results."[5] About two weeks after his comments, Strop was traded to the National League.

Chicago Cubs

On July 2, 2013, Strop was traded along with Jake Arrieta to the Cubs in exchange for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. Strop has primarily served in the setup role for the Cubs. In 37 more appearances with the Cubs to finish 2013, Strop had a 2-2 record and a 2.83 ERA. Overall in 2013, combined with both teams, Strop made 66 total appearances with a 2-5 record and a 4.55 ERA.

2014 Season

In 2014, Strop made 65 appearances with a 2-4 record and a 2.21 ERA.

2015 Season

In 2015, Strop made 76 appearances with a 2-6 record, a 2.91 ERA, and 81 strikeouts.

2016 Season

In 2016, Strop made 54 appearances with a 2-2 record and a 2.85 ERA. The Cubs would eventually win the 2016 World Series, giving Strop his first World Series title.[6]

2017 Season

In 2017, Strop made 69 appearances with a 5-4 record and a 2.83 ERA.

2019 Season

On July 30, 2019, he was placed on injured reserved list.

International career

In 2013, Strop pitched as a reliever in the World Baseball Classic for the championship winning Dominican Republic.


Strop is known for the unique way he wears his hat while pitching, slightly crooked to his left.[7]


  1. ^ Eduardo A. Encina (June 25, 2012). "The Orioles' Pedro Strop has gone from shortstop to surgery to one of the AL's top relievers". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pedro Strop is player to be named". Baltimore Sun. August 31, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Megdal, Howard. "The night Pedro Strop beat the Yankees". Capital New York. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pedro Strop Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Pedro Strop bothered by boos, says fans care about results, not players". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Grote: The Story Behind Pedro Strop's Crooked Hat". 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2018-09-08.

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