Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 11/14/14
This post will not revisit the debate surrounding the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg after 159+ innings. The right and wrong arguments do not matter at this point. What does matter is that the Nationals were one and done for post season series in the aftermath and fans of the team, writers and perhaps even the players themselves will forever ask, "What if."The Nationals were among the best stories of 2012. But the team's wonderful season became a footnote when the circus began about Strasburg. Instead of being celebrated for what the team had become, the team became embattled by its stoic stance to stick to the plan. And to show just how fickle baseball writing can be, the same writers who have long passed judgement on Dusty Baker for "killing" Prior and Wood were lambasting the Nationals for their decision making.The Nationals did not have to win a World Series title to put aside these questions. But a win in Game Five against the Cardinals would ha...
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