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NBC SportsTalk: The Strasburg shutdown is really gonna happen

Aug 31, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

Erik and I talk about the latest in the Stephen Strasburg saga.  Come for the analysis, stay for Erik shouting “SUCK IT UP, CALCATERRA” to my seven year-old son.

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  1. willclarkgameface - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    This is bull shit.

    They are going to pull him out in the NLDS like a rabbit out of a hat when the series is tied 2-2 against the Giants.

    I will not believe that they are going to make him ride the pine instead of winning. If that happens they are world class idiots.

    • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      I find it astonishing that they aren’t falling all over themselves to enlist you for their front office. They could be in first place by now!

  2. crillbill - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    This is really just Strasburg and his agent right?

    Nationals keep pushing the story like its them when if they signed strasburg to a 100 million dollar extension this talk wouldn’t be happening?

    Or am I just over thinking this?

    • natstowngreg - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Sorry, but ‘fraid so. No way Rizzo signs Strasburg to an extention until Strasburg shows that he’s worth the risk. It’s very unlikely to happen until at least 2 full seasons after the surgery. In other words, after Strasburg gets through a complete season’s workload in 2013.

      Boras knows this, so he’s not complaining about Rizzo being careful with his client. The more likely Strasburg is able to produce in the long run (of course, there are never any guarantees that he will remain healthy in the long run), the more money Strasburg will get, and the more money Boras will get.

      Strasburg wants to pitch, period. He’s made that clear. But there is a reason why managment makes these decisions, and doesn’t leave it up to the players.

      • jrbdmb - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        “Boras knows this, so he’s not complaining about Rizzo being careful with his client.”

        From what I’ve read Boras has pretty much dictated this shutdown, no matter what Rizzo says. Screw with a Boras client and you’ll never get to sign future Boras clients.

  3. ramrene - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Shutting him down is the right thing to do.

    • willclarkgameface - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Says who? Are you a doctor that has access to his medicals or are you just reading what everyone else is saying and reporting recycled info back to us?

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Clearly, it is beyond your comprehension that the Gnats decision makers do have access to his medical records and are basing their decision at least in part on it. ‘Course when you have millions invested in someone with a history of frangibility, you can feel free to play fast and loose with your golden goose.

  4. kvanhorn87 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I finally figured it out! The Nationals just want a built in excuse why they don’t win it all this year. Can’t wait for the dc “fans” to use that as the excuse. Just like Lil Davey did when they got swept by the Phillies last week. Not only are the “fans” frauds but so is the entire organization. Natitude!

    • someguyinva - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      The Nats will go as far as their *offense* takes them this post-season, not their pitching. During that sweep you reference here, they scored five runs (and gave up 12). That sweep was part of a five game losing streak that saw them score six runs, total (and Strasburg was the starter in a 9-0 loss at the end of that streak.)

      This team’s offense has run kind of hot and cold all year, and I predict that if they lose a postseason series, it won’t be one where the scores look like slow pitch softball games; instead, they’ll be on the wrong end of a lot of 3-2 games.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      BTW, just like to note that the Cardinals had a built-in excuse last season, with Adam Wainwright out. Despite that insurmountable handicap, they won the World Series.

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