I’ve been reading and watching a lot lately about the Washignton Nationals and their plans to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season – including any potential playoff run – after 160-something innings.
I come away with three observations.
1 – I can totally understand why teammates, fans, former players and even Strasburg himself might be upset by this situation (though it’s arguable just how upset they are). Players’ careers are short and chances to go deep into the playoffs don’t come along every year. Look how often the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s appeared to be the league’s best team only to falter in the postseason.
2 – That said, I think it’s admirable that the Nationals are looking out for the best interests of their player. Like it or not, they’ve put the long-term interests of Strasburg’s career ahead of the chase of one World Series trophy. People can say it’s a misguided call, but in this day and age, facing down the potential wrath of many, it appears as though Washing