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Stephen Strasburg: most marketable MLB pitcher


(By Hans Deryk - Reuters)


Stephen Strasburg pitched in front of the smallest crowd of his big-league career Friday night in Florida. Just 27,037 came out in Miami, which was still the Marlins' third-biggest crowd of the season and more than 10,000 above their season average.

The number of Major Leaguers who can draw an extra 10,000 fans, by themselves, in Miami, in mid-July, is likely fairly limited. Which helps explain why a just-released survey of 49 sports business executive and media members voted Strasburg the fourth-most marketable player in baseball.

The survey, conducted by SportsBusiness Daily, voted Derek Jeter the overwhelming winner, with 80 percent of the first-place votes. Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer were second and third. So that would be a New York icon coming off his fifth World Series title and the reigning NL and AL MVPs. Fourth is Strasburg, who's played Major League Baseball for six weeks. He was the only player besides Jeter to get more than two first-place votes.

He was also one of only two pitchers in the top 12. Tim Lincecum was seventh.

(Incidentally, Marlins outfield Chris Coghlan attempted to put the brakes on the hype roadster.

"The media puts so much on this kid, and says this and that, but it's not like we're going up there facing the best thing that's ever gotten on the mound," Coghlan said, via the Palm Beach Post. "It's not like he's better than a Josh Johnson or a (Ubaldo) Jimenez or a (Chris) Carpenter or a (Adam) Wainwright. He's young and he's got a good arm, but by no means do I think he's better than those guys."

Yeah. It's the media's fault, for sure.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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Comments

does he have any endorsements? Who with?

Posted by: softballgirl | July 19, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Who is Chris Coghlan again?

Posted by: DangerNat | July 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Who is Chris Coghlan again?

Posted by: DangerNat | July 19, 2010 11:09 AM
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He won last year ROY in the National League, but was barely playing a few weeks backs because he couldn't hit. He sounds like someone who is mad that Strasburg is getting more attention than he got last year for winning ROY. Once Strasburg gets to know the hitter he'll be unstopable. Wait till next year Mr. Coghlan you'll be eating those words up.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 19, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Zero runs scored, got out of numerous jams without giving up a run, six weeks in, eat crow

Posted by: BurgwithaU | July 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Fourth is Strasburg, who's played Major League Baseball for six weeks. He was the only player besides Jeter to get more than two first-place votes."

Did you ever stop to think that it's precisely because he's only played six weeks that he's currently so marketable. Check back in two years and see if he's still bringing an extra 10,000 fans to a mid-July game in Miami. In terms of personality, the guy is totally unmarketable. Though I guess that worked for Tiger Woods.

Posted by: agl132 | July 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

cogs is right, he is not better than those guys. not yet.

Posted by: sect104 | July 19, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg is only as good as the elite pitchers in baseball today? Wow, that Coghlan sure knows how to take shots Strasburg. Stinging criticism there. Youch.

Posted by: cassander | July 19, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Josh Johnson was very fortunate to beat the Nationals in his last outing. He gave up quite a few hits to a team that has a hard time finding them. Based on my admitedly limited baseball viewing (baseball jsut wasn't all that itneresting pre-Strasurg), I haven't seen any power pticher to match Strasburg. Now a junk pitcher, maybe.

Posted by: richardshaker | July 19, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Career Statistics in ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts per 9 innings

Ubaldo Jiminez 3.48 1.26 7.8
Chris Carpenter 3.82 1.29 6.9
Adam Wainwright 2.96 1.21 7.3
Stephen Strasburg 2.03 1.03 12.5

Things that make you go hmmm...

Posted by: Barno1 | July 19, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Its 10K more than the Marlins' season average. How does it compare for the Marlins' average attendance for Friday nights in July?

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 19, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

some manager at a bar argued the same thing with me friday, saying that all he is, is just a good arm. Anyone that watched him throw that first game at Nats Park knows hes not just a "good arm". this guy can already pitch with the best of them. Quite honestly, I'd take Stras over Wainwright any day of the week. My favorite statistic for pitchers is BAA because it shows if guys are getting hits off of you regularly and Stras is tops in that category so shut up Miami. You're a terrible sports town and dont deserve an opinion.

Posted by: willfacc10 | July 19, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Its 10K more than the Marlins' season average. How does it compare for the Marlins' average attendance for Friday nights in July?

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 19, 2010 3:21 PM

About 10k higher than June Fridays...

Friday, Jun 18
FLA v TBR
17,310

Friday, Jun 25
FLA v SDP
16,718

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/FLA/2010-schedule-scores.shtml

Posted by: Kev29 | July 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg's performance speaks for itself!

We're just celebrating his status as an AZTEC. The best thing about the Nats'innings curfew, is that SS will be back on Montezuma Mesa that much sooner. His positive impact on SDSU athletics will be massive in the longrun, and it's pretty stiff right now. I've been sporting AZTECX license plates on my car, here in Massachusetts, for several years, but until now the meaning, for most of the locals, has been somewhat of a mystery. Now, with the SS pub, AZTECX awareness on Cape Cod is peaking...

Posted by: Phillyaztec | July 19, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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