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Poll: Are the Nationals to blame for Strasburg's injury?

Aug 27, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

I tend to think the answer is a pretty obvious “no” here.
After all, Stephen Strasburg averaged just 77 pitches per start in the minors and 92 pitches per start in the majors, never cracking even 100 pitches for the Nationals. If anything, his only big workloads came in college at San Diego State, where he regularly threw more pitches than the Nationals would have been comfortable with. Sometimes, pitchers just get hurt.
What say you?

  1. huegtoad - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    no i don’t think so, i think throwing 88 mph curveballs and 92 mph changeups is what caused the tear. Those pitches just weren’t designed to be thrown at that intensity. Learn how to PITCH and quit throwing. Kids see that crap and think they can do it, pitching as it is is dangerous for the arm, breaking balls are even worse even when thrown at a ted lilly velocity, don’t exasporate it by adding unneccesary intensity, what did you think would happen. it wasn’t about pitch count, it was about irresponsible pitching on strausberg’s count. There is a reason why Jaimi Moyer has been in the league as long as he has. Why Maddux and Glavin were as good as they were for as long as they were good. There is an equally good reason why Mark Prior is out of baseball and Kerry Wood is a second rate closer. Do things right, you reduce risk. Do things in a risky and unneccesary way, and you incrase risk.

  2. El Bravo - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    We’ve all seen ‘Rookie of the Year’, this dude is coming back better than ever!
    ps. Gary Busey

  3. Simon DelMonte - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Is the system to blame? Perhaps. A lot of young pitchers have needed Tommy John surgery, and maybe something is wrong with how they are trained or used. And there is that question of mechanics.
    Are the Nationals? Nope. They did everything a team is expected to do with a rookie.

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Maybe guys need this surgery because it’s not natrual to throw a ball over 90 mph? Seriously though peoples arms aren’t made for that, if they were, we’d have no need for bows, arrows, or guns. Stones would do it. I’d say guys who can hold up just have stronger ligaments and tendons, unnatrually stronger. I’d blame God, Allah, or whoever the hindus pray too before I blame the nats.

  5. El Bravo - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    I blame the Short Circuit movies, Jonny5

  6. Gypsy Soul - Aug 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Hi, fun poll but just wondering if you hadnt given your opinion what the results might have been.

  7. ChrisDC - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Two words…followed by more words. Jordan Zimmermann……
    It’s hard not to take a look at the organizational approach when succesive young high ceiling rookie arms go down with the same injury. I’m not saying that I am certain that they are at fault I think they definitely need to re-evaluate their approach to training these young arms.

  8. Kanonen80 - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    I say “Yes”. After his last injury, I was saying that that Nats should just shut him down for the rest of the year and get him to strengthen up for next season.
    Just because they didn’t have him throw too many pitches doesn’t mean they couldn’t have prevented this. Even if it was some other part of his arm that was hurting before, pitchers can try to change their arm angle or delivery slightly to make that feel better. And if you’re throwing 88 MPH curvballs, that tends to lead to “POP”.

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