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Ozzie Guillen defends Nationals' shutdown of Stephen Strasburg

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Ozzie Guillen says not to forget the Nationals' other starters. (Getty Images)

A lot of people don't like what Ozzie Guillen has to say on any subject, but I think his opinion on the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg is right on target.

Before Strasburg's penultimate start of the season on Friday - which lasted only three innings, equaling his season low - Guillen went off on the coverage of the Strasburg shutdown. From the Palm Beach Post:

“It's nobody's [bleeping] business what they do with Strasburg. That's between Washington, Strasburg and the team.

“Those guys made a decision in spring training -- this kid is not going to be there [in late September]. A lot people have different [bleeping] opinions. They're doing this for a reason, and it's not my problem.

“It's funny how people are making a big deal about it. Maybe it's TV time …

“Do they need him? Yes. But the four guys they have behind him are [bleeping] good, too. If those guys have a Yankees situation, [bleep] you, you're pitching. But they don't. They have four guys out there, plus they have one of the best bullpens in the league …

“Be careful if you change your mind, you might regret it …

“I guarantee if they was the Yankees … they need that guy to start, ‘You start, and we'll see what happens later.' But they are in a great position. And they have four guys behind him. Obviously he's one of the best pitchers in the game …

“At the end of the day, it's nobody's business …"

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