Daily Sports Smile: Noah Syndergaard shares heartfelt farewell to New York Mets fans

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field.
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Former New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is headed west next season. Syndergaard, known to fans by his nickname “Thor”, signed a one-year, $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2022 campaign.

The 29-year-old pitcher departs after seven seasons with the Mets. He posted a 47-32 record and a 3.32 ERA in his tenure with the organization. Syndergaard became a MLB All-Star in 2016 and a fan favorite overall.

This week, he released a special farewell video to New York fans. In the video, he shared his gratitude for the organization, fans and the great city.

“I sincerely want to thank the fans for the unbelievable support,” Syndergaard said in the video. “I wish we could’ve given you even more to cheer about. Playing in New York has been the best experience of my life. As a kid from a small town in Texas, this place changed me forever. I will never forget it and I thank you all forever.”

Syndergaard appeared in two games last season as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. When healthy, Syndergaard is one of the best power pitchers in the league. He has 777 career strikeouts as opponents own a .245 batting average against him.

The Angels have looked for another top starter to headline their pitching staff. Syndergaard will have a chance to prove he can regain his All-Star form.

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The Mets tendered Syndergaard a $18.4 million qualifying offer this offseason. While he turned down the offer, Syndergaard mentioned that he will always be rooting for the organization.

“New York was my home for a long time, and I will always appreciate how this Texan was welcomed there,” Syndergaard said.