New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard announced yesterday that he is launching a book club to promote literacy.
Syndergaard, also known as Thor, finished eighth in Cy Young award voting in 2016. He stated in a Twitter post on Wednesday that his book club would launch Feb. 1.
With the ongoing lockdowns in New York and his recent Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard has discovered a new hobby. “I’ve been reading a lot of books while recovering from my Tommy John surgery and thought it would be cool to share this new hobby with everyone,” Syndergaard said. “I’ve learned a lot from all of these books about recovery techniques, leadership, leaning on my inner strength, and simply that it’s fun,” he added.
Professional athletes are idolized by kids all over the country, and Syndergaard is a relatable guy. Hopefully, this book club will inspire some of our nation’s youth to ditch the tablets and pick up books every now and then.
This is certainly an unconventional topic to promote, but it’s fun to see a professional athlete advocate for something outside the box. Syndergaard is expected to make his return to in June, but in the meantime, you can probably find him reading a book in an ice bath.