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Strasburg won't pitch in the majors this year

Aug 18, 2009, 11:03 AM EDT

Bob Nightengale tweets:

Strasburg, who got a $15.1 million guaranteed contract won’t make his MLB debut before 2010, Boras says. Press conference likely on Thursday

Analytical take: this is probably smart, as he pitched a lot of college innings and could use the rest, his presence won’t mean the difference between the Nats having a winning or losing season, and there’s no need for the P.R. bump of having him appear in a game because the Nats got a huge P.R. bump simply by signing him.  Heck, if he pitched once in September and got shelled, it could even be anti-P.R. Better to put his picture on the envelope of next year’s season ticket renewal letters as an unsullied and potentially-perfect product.

Cynical take: Now that the Nats know they can work with Scott Boras and live to tell the tale, there’s no WAY they want to win any more games than they have to and thus lose out on the Bryce Harper derby to Kansas City or San Diego or someone.

UPDATE: A second Nightengale tweet has Boras saying that Strasburg may not even pitch in the big leagues next year. Whatever. As of 11:58 last night, Boras doesn’t control too terribly much about Strasburg’s future, so while I agree with Boras that it may be in everyone’s best interests for Strasburg to be brought along slowly, I don’t give the Nats’ management enough credit to see beyond the increase in ticket sales that would result from him being in the Washington rotation in 2010.  Maybe in June or July 2010, but if he’s not pitching in major league games next year, I’ll eat my hat.

  1. ecp - Aug 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    The Nats are really really going to have to quit winning games like NOW in order to prevail in the Bryce Harper derby because, man, the Pirates and the Royals are out-stinking them big time right now. And the Orioles and Padres aren’t far out of the picture either.

  2. Randall - Aug 18, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    “this is probably smart, as he pitched a lot of college innings and could use the rest”
    Odd, I could’ve sworn I’ve been reading how everyone from Boras to the Nats’ ownership were thrilled about how wisely Tony Gwynn managed Strasburg’s workload. I doubt he “could use the rest”, that’s all he’s done since his college season ended.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Aug 18, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    He only pitched once a week in college, but, as you mentioned, it’s probably more due to the fact he hasn’t pitched since May which will keep him from pitching in the bigs.

  4. Dr. Yogi - Aug 18, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    He wont’ be there to start the season next year. He’ll be up on June 1st.

  5. ROBBIE T ROBINSON - Aug 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    WHY SHOULDN’T HE PITCH IN THE MLB THIS YEAR. THE LEAGUE IS FULL OF GUYS WHO SHOULD AND WOULD HAVE BEEN IN “A” BALL YEARS AGO. WITH THE LEVEL OF PLAYERS AT AN ALL TIME LOW, WHY NOT. CLEARLY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE MINOR LEAGUES AND THE MAJOR LEAGUES IS MINIMAL.
    WITH THE DIFFERENCE BEING THE SUPER STARS. MAYBE BACK IN THE 40’S & 50’S WITH MLB TEAMS HAVING 6 OR 700 PLAYERS IN THIER ORGS AND THREE “AAA” TEAMS TO DRAW TALENT FROM IT WAS A DIFFERENT DEAL. BUT NOW WITH MLB PUTTING RESTRICTIONS ON THE AMOUNT OF AFFILIATES IT’S CLOSER TO NBA DEVELOPMENT ACTION THAN ANYTHING ELSE. BUT PEOPLE GETTING PAID BY MLB WILL SPIN DOCTOR TODAYS GAME IN TO SUPER HERO STATUS. AND NO NOTHING FANS PAY THE BIG MONEY FOR DUCATS.LET THE GUY EARN HIS 15 MILLION. GIVE HIM A SHOT TO SHOW HOW SHALLOW THE TALENT POOL REALLY IS!

  6. Kwami - Aug 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Can someone take away ROBBIE ROBINSON’s caps-lock key please? My head hurts.

  7. bailey - Aug 18, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Ive seen strasburg pitch, and against college kids he was good,but he will be facing the best in the world. Remember Nolan Ryan, with his 100+mph fastball, he only had a .526 winning percentage. Big league hitters can hit the fastball. the harder its thrown, the further it goes.

  8. John - Aug 18, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Can we dispense with this “shallow talent pool” business? Yes, there are twice as many teams now compared to the 1950’s. But guess what … the US population has more than doubled in that time, not to mention the huge influx of players from the Caribbean. So the talent pool is actually larger, compared to the number of teams, than it ever was. Why do you think player salaries are on a never-ending spiral upward? Supply and demand, dude …

  9. GBS - Aug 19, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    While I don’t buy the “shallow talent pool” argument, I also don’t see how supply oustripping demand would lead to salaries going up. Actually, the opposite would be true. So we’re left with inflation in general and the fact that MLB’s revenues consistently outpace inflation as significant factors in the “never-ending spiral upward” in salaries.

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