As he enters his final games as a major league baseball manager, retiring Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson admits that the decision to shut Stephen Strasburg down after 159.1 innings in 2012 “probably” cost the Nationals the 2012 World Series. This tweet from 106.7 “The Fan” in Washington D.C. disclosed portions of the on-air interview: Davey Johnson on if he thought #Nats would have won World Series last year with Strasburg: “I just say probably.” http://t.co/u7IxMU7kXs — 106.7 The Fan (@1067thefandc) September 25, 2013 Coming off Tommy John surgery in September 2010, the ball club’s strategy all along was to shut Stephen Strasburg down around the 160 pitch mark. He ended his 2012 season on September 7th, with a 15-6 record, 3.16 ERA, and 197 strikeouts (7th in the National League). He also was a National League All-Star and won the Silver Slugger (.277 average with 7 RBI). Johnson and Strasburg share a lighter moment in early 2012(Credit: AP/Julio Cortez) The Nationals promising season ended painfully in the first round of the playoffs, they blew a 7-5 lead in the 9th inning of the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Wild Card St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, part of the logic in shutting Strasburg down was that, with the young team they had, postseason appearances would be plentiful, and multiple titles (National League or World Series) would be won if they didn’t ruin Strasburg’s arm. At least that was the thinking of the Nationals brass (led by GM Mike Rizzo). Reality is that the team was mediocre this year, Strasburg only won 7 games (with a better ERA, ironically), and the future prospects of the team are cloudy at best. Some bloggers first guessed that he shouldn’t be shut down, Nationals fans and ownership may lament the decision for years to come. Davey Johnson will step down with two Manager of the Year crowns, and 28th winningest manager of all time. Be sure to like our Facebook Page Or follow us on Twitter - David Whitlock Follow @lhd_on_sports - Blog Follow @RBTS_baseball - Sports-Kings Follow @realsportskings The post Davey Johnson admits Nationals decision to shut down Strasburg “probably” cost World Series appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.