And so, barring any setbacks, Stephen Strasburg will start on Sunday in Hagerstown, another step in the process that could see him pitch in Washington in September.
So how does Rob Dibble feel about the Nationals' plan to bring back Stephen Strasburg this season? The ex-Nats/MASN color guy (fired last year after pretty much calling Stras a pansy) talked about it on his radio show this morning, and took a few shots at his former employer just for good measure. Hey, it's all just a ploy to put butts in the seats, apparently:
"There's absolutely no reason, other than to sell tickets and to put butts in the seats to bring Stephen Strasburg back, to make a few starts at the end of the season. He's too valuable. He's too talented to even think about stuff like that. But in their case, you know, having worked with those people, the only thing I can say is that there are some people there that think they invented the game of baseball. Which they did not."
And so they think they can do things differently than 29 other teams in the game. That's the problem I had when I was working there, and now, even when I've been working on this channel for the last seven years. It's pretty simple stuff. You want guys to play 15-20 years, you don't need to rush a guy back just to get a couple starts in so you can sell out the stadium and stuff like that. You know, they've been talking about 2012, and what kind of team they're gonna have in 2012 and stuff like that. And you know, if that's the case, and you don't want to put a Bryce Harper in the major leagues until you think he's ready, there's really no point in rushing this kid back just to get a couple starts out of him for this year."
(Rob Dibble, via "First Pitch"/MLB Network Radio, 8/4/2011)
What say you, Mike Rizzo?
(Photo above by Nats Enquirer staff.)