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The Nats want Strasburg to pitch 200 innings

Jan 15, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Stephen Strasburg

Back in December Davey Johnson said that there would be “no limits” on Strasburg. That’s not exactly true, though. Via USA Today:

“To say there’s no restrictions really means, ‘Hey, we’d like him to pitch 200 innings,’ ” Boone said. “But, you’re not gonna say no restrictions like you might have on Steve Carlton, who would throw 320 innings. You’re not gonna do that. There’s always restrictions, but the meaning is, ‘We’re not gonna shut him down after 160 innings.’ “

Mostly they’re talking pitch counts, which everyone does, basically.

As far as innings go, 31 pitchers threw 200 innings in 2012. Only five threw more than 220. Strasburg, who will be three years removed from Tommy John surgery come playoff time, should certainly be expected to handle the regular workload of a number one starter now.

But really, I don’t think anyone cares how many innings Strasburg has as long as he is available for the playoffs which, as we sit in here in January, Washington should fully expect to be in their future.

  1. darthicarus - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Will this limit take into effect his Spring Training strengthening & then limited ST game action? What about his off-season workouts. (I am not looking forward to another year of STRASBURG WATCH)

    • goskinsvt - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Given that his 160 innings last year didn’t include that stuff, probably want again this year.

      • darthicarus - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        Sorry, forgot to add /sarcasm in that original post…

      • goskinsvt - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        yeah, doesn’t usually translate to text very well.

  2. jm91rs - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Who is Boone?

    • nolanwiffle - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Daniel Boone was a man,
      Yes, a big man!
      With an eye like an eagle
      And as tall as a mountain was he!

      Daniel Boone was a man,
      Yes, a big man!
      He was brave, he was fearless
      And as tough as a mighty oak tree!

      From the coonskin cap on the top of ol’ Dan
      To the heel of his rawhide shoe;
      The rippin’est, roarin’est, fightin’est man
      The frontier ever knew!

      Daniel Boone was a man,
      Yes, a big man!
      And he fought for America
      To make all Americans free!

      What a Boone! What a doer!
      What a dream come-er-true-er was he!

      Daniel Boone was a man!
      Yes, a big man!
      With a whoop and a holler
      he ‘d mow down a forest of trees!

      Daniel Boone was a man!
      Yes, a big man!
      If he frowned at a river
      In July all the water would freeze!

      But a peaceable, pioneer fella was Dan
      When he smiled all the ice would thaw!
      The singin’est, laughin’est, happiest man
      The frontier ever saw!

      Daniel Boone was a man!
      Yes, a big man!
      With a dream of a country that’d
      Always forever be free!

      What a Boone! What a do-er!
      What a dream-come-er-true-er was he!

    • radinsky36 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Bob Boone – Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development. Also a decent player in his days as a catcher for the Phillies, Royals, and Angels.

      • cur68 - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I liked Nolan’s answer better.

      • radinsky36 - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        @cur68 – if that’s the case, here you go:

    • umrguy42 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Wasn’t Boone one of the frat brothers in Animal House? The one who was dating Marion from Raiders of the Lost Ark?

  3. crispybasil - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Unfortunately, Davey Johnson et al have yet to address the real problem with Strasburg: his refusal to shave that chin beard.

    • number42is1 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM


    • number42is1 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Please use the space below for the inevitable “he will shave it once he is on the Yankees” comment(s)

  4. stex52 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Hey, I hope Strasberg does great. But he’s had his time as the brilliant young prodigy that everyone dotes on. Time to move on from these inning arguments. Not interested in them for Lee, Cain, Grienke etc. either.

    Just go pitch Stephen. Good luck.

    • natstowngreg - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      There is no argument anymore, except for those few pathetic souls who still hate the Nats because Strasburg was shut down (see comment below).

      Bob Boone’s reservation is based on two facts about Strasburg: (1) he has that funky delivery, which always makes him a risk for further injury; and (2) he throws a lot of pitches to get outs. Strasburg isn’t going to be a CC Sabathia-like workhorse, but with sensible management, he should be able to pitch 200 innings with very good results.

  5. 12strikes - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Every time the Marlins show they (might) have the worse management in baseball the Nationals quickly raise their hands and say “Don’t forget about us!”

  6. philliesblow - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Kids today are wimps. Mickey Lolich threw 376 innings in 1971.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Yeah! And check out the 1980 Oakland A’s —

      They didn’t care about limiting the workloads of their young starters, which is why they won a World Series nine years later with an entirely different roster.

      Sarcasm aside, check out those pitching stats and the ages of the rotation. Times have changed.

      • 18thstreet - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Wow — Mike Norris really got robbed of the Cy Young that year:

      • nolanwiffle - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        93 complete games thrown by that staff that season. I’m too lazy to research if that was the norm in that era, but it sure seems like Billy Martin leaned on those guys hard.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Mickey Lolich is a wimp. Old Hoss Radbourn topped 600 innings back to back years

      • 18thstreet - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        In 1879, 24-year old Will White pitched all but about 50 of his team’s innings.

        And now he’s dead. So let that be a lesson to you.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Old Hoss is dead too…..maybe those mega innings killed them. If only they had PED’s in those days 😉

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