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Cal Ripken Jr. casts vote for ending Stephen Strasburg's season

Here's the guy you might listen to in the matter of whether the Washington Nationals should shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season, regardless of the result of his second MRI today: Cal Ripken Jr.

In an appearance on ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," Ripken was the anti-Dibble (via Comcast SportsNet).

"Yeah, I think that's a smart move. You look at his history and he was pretty protected with Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. A lot of people with that sort of arm might want to pitch him, start him one day, pitch him in relief the next day, and then start him again three days later. But Tony Gwynn I think handled him once a week. He's going to places with innings that I don't think he's been before.

Ripken also took into account the fact that the Nats aren't exactly ciphering their magic number.

"It seems like he's had a couple of arm injuries and this latest one, there's no real reason to kind of push it here, in late August."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 26, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
Categories:  Nationals , Stephen Strasburg  
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Cal Ripken Jr. casts vote for ending Stephen Strasburg's season and I agree with him.

And I vote for Cal Ripken Jr. to become the Manager of the Washington Nationals!

Posted by: alex35332 | August 26, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

While I have no gripe with Riggleman, that'd be okay by me, Alex!

Posted by: CindyBoren | August 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh no Riggie has been a class act during this entire debacle of a rebuild process, though his constant playing of Willie Harris gets to me.
If Gentleman Mike Rizzo was to keep him on for next season I won't complain. But I would also understand if we were to search for another manager.

All that said, I don't know if Cal has what
it would take to manage in the MLB. I mean I think he probably has the smarts and leadership skills to do it.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 27, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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