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Looking after Stephen Strasburg and morning links

During his senior season at San Diego State, Stephen Strasburg saw one happy consequence of the attention that engulfed him. He felt like once fans flocked to watch him pitch, his teammates gained more notice than they otherwise would have.

"Last year, a lot of people came out to see what I was all about," Strasburg said earlier this spring. "At the same time, they kind of started to want to follow all the other guys."

Strasburg hopes the same effect will follow him to Washington and, before he gets there, Harrisburg, Pa. Some of that spotlight will fall on the two men entrusted for now with Strasburg. Class AA Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr and Harrisburg pitching coach Randy Tomlin will help guide Strasburg through his first moments of pitching during a professional regular season. Yesterday, Tomlin stood behind Strasburg as he warmed up for his first intrasquad start against minor league batters.

But, as Strasburg would surely approve, they won't grant him special treatment. Tomlin understands Strasburg is the kind talent most coaches spend an entire career not being able to work with. When asked about the chance to coach him, even if only for a brief period, a smile creased Tomlin's face.

At the same time, Tomlin will have an entire staff of pitchers to look after. "Everybody means the same to me," Tomlin said. "Each guy is going to get all that I have."

Knorr echoed that sentiment. "I'm going to treat him like anybody else," he said. "He's one of our teammates, and that's the way we're going to go about it. If something looks wrong with him, I'll treat him like any of my others players. I don't put my players in a position to hurt themselves. I'll keep an eye on him like everybody else."

A Nationals at the other end of his career, Livan Hernandez, had a pretty good day, too. In a far different kind of story, NiShea Dukes backs her ex-husband. And on another wholly different topic, a look at the plan.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 25, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
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... bringing this forward from the previous thread:

"I hate to burst your bubble, but they are building a new stadium in Florida that is scheduled for opening in 2012."

... hey twinbrook, I hate to burst your bubbles as well, but I have to ask you:

... have you seen a shovel in the ground in Miami yet, or have you read reports of money changing hands?

... on my computer, I still have a news story (along with the artist's conception of the new downtown stadium and a photo of the carpetbagger himself standing next to city officials) which details the actual location of the construction and the way it would be financed, of Jeffrey Loria's new stadium for the Montreal Expos in downtown Montreal.

... it never happened, but I still have the pictures.

Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 25, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A quick chcek of the Marlins site shows that not only have they had the groundbreaking, but that they are pouring concrete. So, it's underway - and beyond the artists' rendering phase.

Posted by: comish4lif | March 25, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that Nishea Dukes is honest and sincere in her comments about Elijah being a better man, but... she does have a stake here. She was getting 6 figures worth of alimony last I heard and if he doesn't get another MLB job, Elijah's required support payments will be much lower.

Posted by: comish4lif | March 25, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

comish4lif, if what you read is true then Nishea Dukes job is taking care of those kids and if support payments drop then so does her lifestyle. I hope Dukes has changed his life, be he here or somewhere else, but I don't believe a word that woman says. Let's see her stand by her man when the monthly check is cut and I'll believe her.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | March 25, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Here is a link with details about Labatt Park, which admittedly made me a little misty:

Posted by: mjhoya12 | March 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg didn't have a senior season at San Diego State. I would expect better from a newspaper that should have integrity. The editors are sleeping which is not a surprise considering that the Post treats the team like it is a 3rd rate citizen.

Posted by: asdfghjklasdf | March 25, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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