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When Strasburg Was Slothburg

On his DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg looks back to the days when Strasburg = Slothburg.

By Alexa Steele  |  August 20, 2009; 12:41 PM ET
 
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Alexa,

Are you our new Blogmom?

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 20, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

natsfan1a1
Here's the gamer:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081904267.html

Posted by: HALjr | August 20, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Hal, but I meant the gamer from the exhibition game. I looked on the team site, but not the Post site, though. Good idea.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, we get to see how Strasburg almost became Dmitri Young?

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Still a good read ... we've all been there ... I never could start my first swimming workout without baseball sized cramps on the back of my legs. I can see where that would stick with Strasburg, glad to see he stuck it right back where you can't see it.

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

strasburg is here!!!!!

http://www.comcastsportsnet.tv/pages/multimedia_videos

Posted by: nattylite88 | August 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

nattylite, didn't see a video for SS, just Redskins and Rizzo. Whaddaye miss?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Let me know when Meyers and Storen show up to pitch. They're the only ones left with around a 2.X ERA, ungodly low WHIPS and a whole year consistency. Probably next spring?

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

So he didn't like being called (justifiably) soft. Now, he's not. Does that make the obvious nickname ... Joe Hardy?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't find the video, either. Plus, I had to look at the weird stack of bills with eyeballs. Eeewww...

And from the other thread, don't give up on the Plush Fan Club, sec3! It would be awesome.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Can't go to the $1 baseball game because I have to work, and since I just got back from vacation, I really should work... I would love to see the 15-million-dollar-man in person.

I know MASN is broadcasting the presser, but me no cable--will it be on the internet?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, 1a, I am REALLY tired of those eyeballs. I even see them on the radio.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I have to work tomorrow, too, NatsLady. :-(

Good question about the internet. I don't know about real time broadcast (maybe someone else will), but I would think that a video would show up on the MASN and team sites after the fact.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

That's funny about seeing them on the radio, NatsLady!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

There's a Nationals news conference live link on the team site (top left portion of the front page, under the photo and headline for the Rizzo GM presser article). Assuming that you can get the MLB player to work (which I can't), it looks like you'll be able to watch the conference live at 4 p.m. today. I'm guessing that will also be the case for the Strasburg presser tomorrow.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Chico's alternate reality piece has gone national. MLBTR just linked it. Can't keep anything intimate these days!

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Are they going to let SS throw out the first pitch Friday night man that would be great. Now as far as tonight's contest we need to win it plain and to the point can't let the opposition come in here and treat you like their personal whipping boy.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 20, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Atilano is pitching a shutout in Syracuse. I think Rizzo's hiring has convinced them all that they actually have a shot.

As much as people may nay say or criticize I believe that the promotions of guys like JD Martin, Padilla, and Morse ... and what happened with Morgan getting center field over guys like Maxwell, Dukes, and Milledge ... :) has gone a long way toward convincing all the minor leaguers that there aren't really any "slots" reserved for "special" prospects. Everyone has to earn their "slot". Even Strasburg.

Certainly the pitchers must now be convinced that everyone has a legitimate shot with JD Martin still in the starting rotation.

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

To piggyback a little... slots in the rotation are very much up in the air. Entering ST 2010 how many slots are full?

1 - Lannan
2 - ???
3 - ???
4 - ???
5 - ???

You have to figure Strasburg has a spot starting in mid-May/June, and Olsen has the inside track on one but he's coming off of surgery so nothing is definitive there.

ST 2011

1 - Lannan
2 - Strasburg
3 - ???
4 - ???
5 - ???

Optimistically you fill in 2 of those slots with Zimmermann and Olsen but nothing's certain with either of them. It's clear they need some of the younger arms to step up and separate themselves from the crowd with some consistency. That and a FA signing or two.

As much as the Strasburg signing helped clarify things, the Zimmermann injury and the inconsistency of the youngsters they've tried so far have thrown the rotations development out of whack.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 20, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

You have to figure Strasburg has a spot starting In mid-May/June, and Olsen has the inside track on one but he's coming off of surgery so nothing is definitive there.

ST 2011

1 - Lannan
2 - Strasburg
3 - ???
4 - ???
5 - ???
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The way the newly drafted guys are performing in the minors? They are making Rizzo look like the proverbial genius.

Does Lannan have a guaranteed slot? Perhaps out the gate ... but then?

The complete list currently looks like this:

Lannan,
Stammen,
Balester,
Mock,
Martin, (1st rounder)
Atilano, (1st rounder)
Detwiler, (1st rounder)
Estrada,
Martis,
Meyers,
Thompson, (1st rounder)
Arneson,
Mandel,
Chico,
Strasburg? (1st rounder)

Possibly Kown and Ramirez ... probably long
to middle relief if they are promoted?

Who makes the 40-man? Who get protected from the rule 5? Lots of questions for Rizzo to answer this season?

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag, I've read elsewhere that Strasburg will throw out the first pitch on Friday.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW, given the above list one must suspect that Olsen may be let go since he is eligible for arbitration.

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

BTW, given the above list one must suspect that Olsen may be let go since he is eligible for arbitration.

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Yeah but coming off of a season essentially lost to injury he's not going to get a significant raise. He showed enough of what they wanted to see from him in those last few starts before being shut down for the year that you'd think he gets a chance coming into ST. Plus he's a lefty so he's going to get more rope than he might otherwise.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

plus they're more likely to keep olsen in there than to rush young arms.

and i think periculum is giving a lot of those young arms a whole lot more credit than they're quite ready for yet. hopefully a few of those guys will pan out. most won't.

Posted by: sec231 | August 20, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"plus they're more likely to keep olsen in there than to rush young arms.

and i think periculum is giving a lot of those young arms a whole lot more credit than they're quite ready for yet. hopefully a few of those guys will pan out. most won't."

Sec231,

Olsen is most definitely a fairly "young arm". Read "prospect". As stated Olsen probably has been given "more rope" because he is a lefty. Check out his stats. The guy has over a 6.00 ERA! He has yet to finish under a 4.00 ERA in a season. He has only 2 full seasons in the majors so far.

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Plus I think that out of about 15 young, almost ready prospects, they ought to be able to come out with 3 or 4. Throw in Storen, Wilkie, Nuvoa, and Everts for the bullpen to go with MacDougal, Sosa, Bergmann, Clippard, and Burnett.

Posted by: periculum | August 20, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I would say we need 6-7 for a back up after injuries.

Posted by: Section506 | August 20, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Totally off-topic - actually no, tangentially on-topic, as it pertains to Bowden's incompetence as a GM, and in turn reflects, we hope, well on Rizzo: Anyone see the latest Sports Illustrated? Each week they have a little player poll - who's got the most power, best moustache, etc. Thie week the question was, "Which player gets the least out of the most natural talent?" The answers, based on a rather large sampling of major league player?
#1 - WMP
#2 - DCab
#3 - can't recall
#4 - Dukes
#5 - Mike Mac.

4 current or former Nats on this list - if that's not in indictment of the JimBo era I don't know what is.

To be fair, MacDougal has performed well for us, and Dukes is still young and, I think (hope?) developing. But still. Nothing says mismanagement like stockpiling guys who looks good but play bad. Here's to a new day, doin it the Rizzo way.

Posted by: MoMonroe | August 20, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Boz was right in his chat today. If Dukes could learn to take more pitches (as he does sometimes) he would be a really solid ballplayer.

Posted by: Section506 | August 20, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, I feel kind of violated.

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Chico's alternate reality piece has gone national. MLBTR just linked it. Can't keep anything intimate these days!

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 20, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I feel so dirty.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

BTW, new post up, with official announcement.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Even with a modest raise due to arbitration, he's cheaper than an FA replacement. He's a lefty, he's young, and he's under team control. It'd be silly to lose him because he stands to make a little more.

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BTW, given the above list one must suspect that Olsen may be let go since he is eligible for arbitration.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 20, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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