August 24, 2023

Stephen Strasburg Retires from Baseball: Stephen Strasburg is calling it quits on a career that saw him debut as the most highly touted fireballer in years, become World Series MVP in 2019 and finally be undone by frequent arm injuries -- all while in the uniform of the Washington Nationals. His 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings is seventh all-time but his 113 wins are 31 lower than anyone in the Hall of Fame. "It's a miracle what he was able to accomplish despite the glitchy pitching mechanics that scouts warned would be his demise," writes D.J. Dunston of Deadspin.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 07:53 PM - 3 comments

Former first overall draft pick and 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has officially retired.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:50 PM on August 24, 2023

I got to see Strasburg pitch in spring training for several years at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, which the team sadly left in 2016. I got spoiled having games less than two hours from home.

A shame he didn't have another comeback in him. In the early years there was nothing bigger in baseball than a Strasburg start.

posted by rcade at 07:58 PM on August 24, 2023

You could be slow throwing Jamie Moyer and play for 25 years and rack up career earnings that are just a bit more than what Strasburg earned over his final four years.

For most people, Moyer's $84 million would be more than enough to start a new chapter of life with great options and solid assurances. With Strasburg's money, you could start furnishing arms to Ukraine.

If your goal is endurance and longevity, being a tortoise has its advantages.

posted by beaverboard at 01:30 PM on August 25, 2023

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