Tag:Stephen Strasburg
Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am

Strasburg's first inning

So, Stephen Strasburg is perfect through one inning in the big leagues.

Strasburg's first pitch was a 97 mph fastball that was inside to Andrew McCutchen, and his second was outside. The first strike he threw was a liner to shortstop for the first out of his career.

Neil Walker also took two balls before swinging at the third pitch he saw, a 99 mph fastball that he fouled off. After anther ball, Walker grounded out to first.

Finally, Lastings Millege looked at a 99 mph fastball, a curveball and then swung at another pitch for strike three.

Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am

Strasburg's firsts

First batter: Andrew McCutchen, who after a 2-0 count lined to shortstop for the first out.

First pitch: 97 mph fastball, a ball inside

First strikeout victim: Lastings Milledge, first inning.

First inning: Pirates go in order, L6, 3U, K. Strasburg threw 11 pitches, 7 strikes.

Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

The other debut

If tonight is Strasmas in Washington D.C., then is it also the first day of Stantakuh in South Florida? OK, that's weak -- Kwanton?

Regardless, Stephen Strasburg isn't the only top prospect debuting tonight. While all eyes will be on Starsburg, I'm just as excited to see what Mike Stanton does in his debut for the Marlins.

Stanton is in the lineup, batting seventh and playing right field against the Phillies.

Stanton, 20, hit .311 with 21 homers and a .762 slugging percentage at Double-A. While Strasburg may be lighting up radar guns, watch for Starsburg to be putting balls -- if not butts -- in the seats.

What Stanton and Strasburg have in common is that both have been held in the minors beyond the time they were ready to avoid starting their arbitration clocks. If both or either succeed, does it mean the Marlins and Nationals didn't care about 2010?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am

The extras for tonight's show

The Pirates have tabbed these nine meant to walk the plank versus Stephen Strasburg.

Andrew McCutchen cf
Neil Walker 2b
Lastings Milledge lf
Garrett Jones 1b
Delwyn Young rf
Andy LaRoche 3b
Ronny Cedeno ss
Jason Jaramillo c
Jeff Karstens rhp

Everyone will be watching how these batters do tonight, but nobody will be paying too much attention to them -- just what their results tell us about Strasburg.

In the end, one of these nine will tell their kids he was the first to be struck out by Strasburg, another may say he had the fist hit and yet another could be the first to hit a home run off the most hyped pitcher in a generation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:32 pm

Strasburg mania

Bits and pieces from the Stras-os-phere ... er, Strasburbia ... er, nevermind. Bits and pieces about the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg:

  • A Strasburg baseball card sold on eBay last weekend for $16,403. Yes, really. Bowman has a series called “chrome superfractor,” and produces just one card for each player. Superfractor cards only pop up at a rate of one per 11,000 packs.
  • The Washington Post is running a Strasburg haiku contest .

  • His old college coach will be among the 25 friends and family in Strasburg's section. Which is notable, because his old college coach is Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn .
  • Jim Lackritz, associate dean of the college of business at San Diego State, where Strasburg played in college, estimates in this CNBC item that tonight's debut will net the Nationals $1.56 million. That's more than 10 percent of his record signing bonus, recovered in one night.
-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:03 am

Happy Strasburg Day!

The day phenom David Clyde made his major league debut for the Rangers, Tom Vandergriff, the mayor of Arlington, said, "From now on, time here shall be marked from June 27, 1973."

Now that's pressure. Clyde, just 19 days out of high school, held his own in the most hyperbolically promoted debut in major league history, and went on to an undistinguished career. The Washington Nationals, like the 1973 Rangers a transplant franchise struggling to put fans in the seats, are hoping to get a more lasting impact from Stephen Strasburg, who, in case you hadn't heard, makes his major league debut tonight against the Pirates.

More than 200 media members are expected to be on hand at Nationals Park, which is lucky on most nights to get that many fans (exaggeration alert!). The Nationals are selling standing-room tickets, and even those are being sold at a premium online.

"He needs to take a step back, take a deep breath and kind of soak in the moment because you only debut once in your career. It's a special day for him, also," general manager Mike Rizzo told The Associated Press .

Strasburg is certainly ready. He went 7-2 with a 1.30 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings in Double-A and Triple-A. In fact, you might wonder what took the Nationals so long to call up the right-hander. Murray Chass got Washington president Stan Kasten to acknowledge that "one of the factors" in the timing was controlling Strasburg's service time.

By delaying a player's debut six weeks or so, a team keeps the player from being credited with a full year of major league service time in his first season. Down the line, it delays the player's eligibility for salary arbitration and free agency. The Nationals can now control Strasburg for seven seasons, rather than six, before risking losing him to free agency.

It's a common practice and doesn't violate labor laws. That doesn't mean the players' union is happy about it.

"We are paying attention to that and I would expect arbitration eligibility will be an issue in collective bargaining," union head Michael Weiner told Chass. "It has become so obvious."

The game, which starts at 7:05 EDT, will be shown on MLB Network with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and John Smoltz in the booth.

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:11 pm

Officially official: Harper to the Nats

In the least shocking draft pick since, well, Stephen Strasburg went first overall a year ago, the Washington Nationals have finally selected Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

Strasburg debuts for the National on Tuesday, while Harper and agent Scott Boras will begin their drawn-out negotiations.

Now things get interesting, with Pittsburgh and Baltimore decide between Texas prep pitcher Jameson Taillon and Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado.

Unlike Strasburg, Harper isn't a finished product. He's been a catcher in high school and junior college, but his future may lie elsewhere. The Nationals announced him as an outfielder when Bud Selig made the announcement. One thing's for certain, though, with Boras as his agent, he's not going to get a paycheck from the Nationals until Aug. 16, the deadline for draft picks to sign.

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