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."
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