Time to Appreciate and Celebrate Stephen Strasburg’s Tenure as a Washington National
Stephen Strasburg Decides to Retire
Rather than try to make his body do something it simply can no longer do, Stephen Strasburg will officially announce his retirement from baseball next month. There will not be a dry eye in the Washington Nationals media center.
But as Washington Post Columnist Barry Svrluga eloquently stated on 106.7 The Fan yesterday afternoon and I paraphrase, “Nats fans should celebrate the career that was, not what it wasn’t.”
Svrluga also wrote in the Washington Post yesterday:
If a starting pitcher’s chief job is to give his team an opportunity to win, Strasburg could scarcely have delivered more effectively. Consider that, of his 247 career starts, the Nationals won 154 times. That’s a .623 winning percentage, which doesn’t sound overwhelming — until you realize, over an entire season, it’s a 101-win pace.
Quality, measured another way: In those 247 regular season starts, Strasburg allowed either zero or one earned run 109 times. Throw in five more in eight postseason starts, and Strasburg gave the opponent one or fewer earned runs 44.7 percent of the time. That’s astonishing.
I wrote an appreciation of Stephen Strasburg back in February after another setback in his attempt to pitch again.
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