Stephen Strasburg Announces Plans To Retire
We knew things were trending this way, but it still sucks anyway. Legendary starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has announced his intentions to retire. The former first overall pick in the 2009 Rule 4 MLB Draft is hanging up the cleats.
Jesse Dougherty and Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post were the first to put out the news. They added that a news conference is tentatively scheduled for September 9.
They made it clear that the financial specifics of the retirement have not been leaked to the media yet. The former San Diego State product is technically under contract through the 2026 MLB Season. It’s not exactly a cheap contract either. Strasburg signed a massive seven-year, $245 million contract prior to the 2020 MLB Season. Hey, I guess they’re not also paying Anthony Rendon too. That’s a positive!
Strasburg, 35, has not pitched for the Washington Nationals this season. He’s only pitched 31 1/3 total innings since signing that contract extension I mentioned previously. On a more positive outlet, Strasburg was part of that Nationals World Series team in 2019. He also spent his entire career in Washington and sported an ERA of 3.24 and record of 113-62. Not exactly a bad career for the former draftee.
At the end of the day, injuries just haunted the guy. Thoracic outlet syndrome was his most significant hurdle. It was a bit of a premature career but at least Strasburg helped deliver a trophy to the city of Washington. This isn’t a player that the fans in Washington despise despite the hefty contract.
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