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Peter Gammons would shut Strasburg down

While many Nats fans continue to anxiously await Stephen Strasburg's liquified MRI results, a whole bunch of national writers are arguing that, regardless of the result, Strasburg's season should be finished. For example:

Tom Boswell: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't just miss his next start. The Nats should shut him down for the year.

Kevin Blackistone: I've seen enough. I can wait till next year to see Strasburg on the mound again. Even if the second exam pronounces Strasburg good to go, there would be nothing to gain from him pitching any more this season and everything to lose. A few more home dates with a packed Nationals Park to see Strasburg surely wouldn't be worth the long-term risk.

Joe Posnanski: There's no reason for him to pitch the rest of this season anyway. Let him rest, let him get stronger, let him come back next year refreshed and healthy.

Add Peter Gammons to the list.

"Yeah, I do," Gammons told Mike Wise Wednesday, when asked if he thinks Strasburg's rookie season should end now. "I've said many times, when they're ready to compete in 2012, then you want Strasburg out there for 200 innings. You don't mess with it beforehand. I mean, I've heard some of the dumbest things said. "Suck it up" or something? Please. You know, that's just so preposterous. This guy is too valuable.

"He's come so fast, too. That always worries me. I mean, he goes from not being good enough to play in the Cape Cod League after his freshman year -- throwing 90 to 92 -- to throwing almost 100 miles an hour the next summer. I realize it's hard work, but at the same time, you have to be cautious as you bring along young pitchers.

"This is not 1954 any more. I know players who are retired, they're always much tougher than the people that are playing today. That's not the way it works. They have a huge investment in him, he's their ticket to being really good, and with Strasburg and Zimmermann, they're one of the few teams in baseball that should have legitimate 1-2 starters for the next five years."

Holden Kushner then chimed in, asking if Gammons was referring to Rob Dibble's recent remarks, although Dibble later said "if you're hurt, you can't suck it up." Gammons said he didn't know where the "suck it up" thing had come from, but he disagreed with that notion. Strongly.

"I think that's reprehensible to say that," Gammons said. "Really, it's beyond that, it's just silly....It's not about TV ratings and attendance right now. What they need is for them to be really good. He and Bryce Harper are two absolute keys to that future. It's obviously very different with a position player, but if Bryce Harper is having problems with his knee or something, they're gonna take a lot of caution with him, too."

Incidentally, if you're reading a printed-out version of this blog in Mongolia, the Dibble Wars rage on in the Natmosphere. Miss Chatter took out a pickax on the chap. Fire Jim Bowden wrote that dislike of Dibble is a unifying force among Nats fans. And Nats Inquisition writes passionately in defense of Dibble:

He was hired to be a color commentator to add a little color to the booth and to be a contrast to Bob Carpenter. Well, Dibble is slinging the paint against the canvas like a coked-out Picasso. He is doing his job and doing what he said he would do. Why is this so surprising to everyone? It is sad to say, but he is more entertaining that the team itself recently. I guess someone has to keep the Nats in the headlines somehow. The Nats certainly aren't doing it.

I think this last sentence could not be more true. If the Nats were not again flirting with the 95-loss barrier, a lot fewer people would care what Rob Dibble was saying.

Oh, and Dibble will be taking the next two games off, Adam Kilgore reports.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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First: Dibble sucks on color. Seriously.

Second: While I'd like to see Stras shut down to preserve his arm, wouldn't that mess up his inning-count for the year, and the amount of increase in innings he can absorb next year? I'm pretty sure I heard Zuckerman say that on the Sports Fix earlier this week.

Don't get me wrong - I love watching Stras on the telly. He makes me want to watch MLB games, which (living in the Baltimore TV market) is not something I've wanted to do for quite some time. But, his long term (read: next 6 years) health is important to the club, and if they need to shut him down, so be it.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 25, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

thanks for a non-redskins post, Steinz.

Happy to click on it and pad your numbers.

Posted by: metatext | August 25, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It's preposterous that Gammons thinks we're going to be competitive in 2012.

Posted by: LouLewis | August 25, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It's preposterous that Gammons thinks we're going to be competitive in 2012.

Posted by: LouLewis | August 25, 2010 5:16 PM

No kidding. The Orioles will be heads and shoulders more competitive than the Natinals by the year 2012.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 25, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This is a bunch of bull$$$$$$t. Why don't you shut down the rest of the pitchers as well because they suck too! The Nats are so scared that this guy will get rocked that they will use any excuse to keep him off the mound. He's not pitched more than five innings in any one game. Shut him down, take the money back! It's not physical, it's mental! Man up!!!!! Work through the soreness and lets see if he can pitch more than five innings.

Posted by: wspinks1 | August 25, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Dibble should just quit now.

Posted by: enstage | August 25, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I am glad these guys talk about Strasburg before there is even a complete diagnosis.

Glad they aren't my Doctors.

It is so ridiculous.

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Certainly won't be competitive with Riggs as manager.

Posted by: Alisterio | August 26, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Let's just shut down the entire Nats organization for the rest of the season so they don't hurt themselves. Let's pull Zimmerman, the cornerstone of the franchise, so that he's fresh for '11. Let's not rush back Jordan Zimmermann so that's he fully recovered for '11. Just forfeit the remaining 30-plus games and everyone will be fresh for '11. This is a joke. Strasburg is a pitcher. Let him pitch. Let him get through the soreness of pitching every fifth day. In terms of innings pitched for an average starting pitcher, he hasn't even come close to pitching a third of the innings expected of a front-line pitcher. Stop babying Strasburg!

Posted by: lucysun | August 26, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

He was hired to be a color commentator to add a little color to the booth and to be a contrast to Bob Carpenter.
Yeah, and he sucks at it.

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | August 26, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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