Stephen Strasburg
Baseball player
Stephen Strasburg
Stephen James Strasburg is a right-handed baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Nationals in 2010. An unheralded high school baseball player, Strasburg played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs. There, he became one of the best collegiate pitchers in the country.
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Wilson Ramos hurts right knee; Nats prepare to play without him
ABC News - 5 months
WASHINGTON --? Wilson Ramos jumped to catch a relay throw on a play at the plate that appeared pretty harmless. Only this time, his right foot hit the dirt, and he crumpled to the ground, clutching his right knee. The All-Star catcher writhed in pain and was helped off the field during the Washington Nationals' 14-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. The injury could be another major blow to the NL East champions, who are already expected to be without ailing pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Ramos would have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage. But the damage to the team's World Series hopes might already have been done. "There's nothing you can do about it," Baker said. "You've got to play, and nobody feels sorry for you, so we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves." It was... ...
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Indians' Salazar to bypass start
LATimes - 5 months
Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar won’t make his next scheduled start because of a sore right forearm.  Salazar was lifted after four innings Friday night against the Minnesota Twins after experiencing tightness in his forearm.  Etc. Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg said he isn’t sure...
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Stephen Strasburg's Iffy Status Is Setback Nationals Are Well-Armed to Weather - Bleacher Report
Google News - 6 months
Bleacher Report Stephen Strasburg's Iffy Status Is Setback Nationals Are Well-Armed to Weather Bleacher Report In a vacuum, news that Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a strain of the flexor mass in his right elbow might seem like a gut punch to the team's hopes of winning a World Series. Strasburg is, after all, a former No. 1 overall ... Nationals can -- and may have to -- win without Stephen StrasburgESPN (blog) Nationals say Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor massUSA TODAY Stephen Strasburg has flexor mass strain, could return this yearYahoo Sports Washington Post -FOXSports.com -Business Insider -Washington Times all 242 news articles »
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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg's aching elbow is not a season-ending injury, team says
LATimes - 6 months
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who left his start Wednesday in the third inning because of discomfort in the back of his right elbow, has a strained flexor mass and there is no timetable for his return.  Paul Lessard, Washington’s director of athletic training,  says the injury...
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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg's aching elbow is not a season-ending injury, team says
LATimes - 6 months
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who left his start Wednesday in the third inning because of discomfort in the back of his right elbow, has a strained flexor mass and there is no timetable for his return.  Paul Lessard, Washington’s director of athletic training,  says the injury...
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Strasburg Feels Pinch in Elbow, Nats Beat Braves in 11th
NYTimes - 6 months
Stephen Strasburg winced and, no doubt, so did everyone else who roots for the Washington Nationals.
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Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the DL
LATimes - 6 months
Stephen Strasburg’s weary elbow was stiff and in dire need of rest, so the Washington Nationals put their winningest pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Monday.  The right-hander (15-4, 3.59 earned-run average) was willing to pitch through the pain for the NL East-leading Nationals, but Manager...
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Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the DL
LATimes - 6 months
Stephen Strasburg’s weary elbow was stiff and in dire need of rest, so the Washington Nationals put their winningest pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Monday.  The right-hander (15-4, 3.59 earned-run average) was willing to pitch through the pain for the NL East-leading Nationals, but Manager...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stephen Strasburg
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 27
    Strasburg's repertoire features five pitches: a four-seam fastball, his primary pitch at, which was recorded as high as 100 mph early in his career; a two-seam fastball at a curveball that Strasburg himself refers to as a slurve at a changeup at. and a hybrid pitch he began using regularly in the 2016 season that his catcher Wilson Ramos describes as a "slider-cutter," which moves laterally at.
    More Details Hide Details Strasburg throws a mix of all his pitches to left-handed hitters, but he mostly eliminates the changeup when facing right-handed hitters. He is liable to throw his four-seamer or slurve to right-handers with two strikes, and adds the changeup in those counts against lefties. His velocity was not significantly affected by his Tommy John surgery in 2010. He had the fastest four-seam fastball among starting pitchers in the 2012 season, averaging. Strasburg has a high strikeout rate of 11.2 per 9 innings through his first 251⅓ MLB innings. This corresponds with high swing-and-miss rates across all of his pitches, including 54% on his changeup—the highest whiff rate among all starting pitchers' changeups since PITCHf/x began tracking pitches. Through the 2012 season, Strasburg's career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.67 would rank second all-time if he had enough innings to qualify. Strasburg maintains that his high strikeout rate is not intentional, and in fact is a hindrance to maintaining low pitch counts.
    His streak of consecutive wins ran to 16, including 13 decisions in the 2016 season, before it was snapped by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21.
    More Details Hide Details On August 22, Strasburg was again placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow soreness.
    On June 26, 2016, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an upper back strain.
    More Details Hide Details He returned on July 3 against the Cincinnati Reds, where he took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings until being lifted from the game after throwing 109 pitches. The no-hitter was broken up in the 8th inning, but the Nationals still won 12-1. On July 8, Strasburg became the first pitcher since 1912 to start 12-0.
    On May 9, 2016, it was reported that Strasburg had agreed to a 7-year, $175 million extension to remain with the Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was made official the next day on May 10. With the extension, Strasburg became the first National to receive an opt-out clause in his contract, which will allow him to elect free agency after the 2019 or 2020 seasons if he desires.
  • 2015
    Age 26
    2015 was a disappointing year for Strasburg and the Nationals as injuries limited his production to 127 innings, his lowest output since 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In the meantime, the Nationals failed to make it to the playoffs, in part due to Strasburg's unavailability. Despite the setbacks, he was effective in limited action, winning 11 games, good for third most wins in the Nationals' pitching staff.
  • 2013
    Age 24
    He was ejected for the first time in his MLB career on August 17, 2013 by umpire Marvin Hudson for intentionally pitching at Braves batter Andrelton Simmons in the second inning of a Nationals-Braves game.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the ejection, Hudson warned both teams after Strasburg hit Justin Upton with a first-pitch fastball following a Braves home run. Strasburg finished the year with a 3.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 8 Wins, 9 Losses, and 191 strikeouts over 183 innings pitched. Strasburg enjoyed the best season of his career, leading the league in strikeouts and finishing 9th in the Cy Young award balloting. He posted career-bests in innings pitched and strikeouts.
    On August 11, 2013, Strasburg pitched his first career complete game winning, 6–0 over the Philadelphia Phillies.
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    Strasburg achieved milestones in longevity in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He pitched into the 8th inning for the first time in his big-league career on May 16, in a win against his hometown San Diego Padres, and in subsequent starts on May 26 and July 24.
    Strasburg pitched Opening Day for the Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He went seven innings, giving up no runs and three hits and recording three strikeouts. Following the first batter of the game, Juan Pierre, he retired nineteen straight batters. Strasburg earned the decision, a win, with a final score of 2–0. Strasburg served a brief stint on the disabled list with a mild lateral strain in June and was re-activated on June 16.
  • 2012
    Age 23
    Strasburg spent the postseason on the physically unable to perform list as the Nationals lost the 2012 NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals in 5 games.
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    However, after a rough outing on September 8, Davey Johnson announced that Strasburg was finished for the 2012 season.
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    Strasburg's high profile and the success of the Nationals in the 2012 season made the innings limit a topic of national conversation.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to baseball writers, a number of other figures made their views on the topic known, including football broadcasters Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw, basketball reporter Stephen A. Smith, and even prominent politicians such as Rudy Giuliani and Mitch McConnell. Rizzo defended the decision to shut down Strasburg and criticized the buzz surrounding it: "It's a good conversational piece, it's a good debatable subject. But most of the people that have weighed in on this know probably 10 percent of the information that we know, and that we've made our opinion based upon." The Nationals announced that Strasburg would be scheduled to make his final start on September 12 and would be replaced by John Lannan in the Nationals' starting rotation.
    His 2012 season marked a successful return to form; Strasburg was selected to play in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Strasburg pitches an average fastball of 94.7 mph. Strasburg attended West Hills High School in Santee, California. At first, he struggled on the school's baseball team, posting a 1–10 win–loss record in his junior year. A twelve-strikeout game against El Capitan High School in his senior year, in which Strasburg allowed one hit, drew attention from scouts. He finished his senior year with a 1.68 earned run average (ERA) and 74 strikeouts in innings pitched, with seven complete games.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    Dr. Lewis Yocum, the surgeon who operated on Strasburg's elbow, agreed in 2011 that Strasburg's 2012 innings total should be limited, although he did not consult with Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo or Strasburg during the season.
    More Details Hide Details Teammate Jordan Zimmermann underwent a similar process the year before.
    As part of Strasburg's rehabilitation from his Tommy John surgery, and as a precaution due to his low innings total in 2011, the Nationals decided to limit the number of innings Strasburg would throw in the 2012 season.
    More Details Hide Details Although the number was never official, rumors started that Strasburg's limit would be between 160 and 180 innings. It was also decided that Strasburg's shutdown would be final; he would not pitch in the playoffs.
    He then made 5 starts during the 2011 major league season, his first coming against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 6.
    More Details Hide Details That year he threw for 24 innings, struck out 24, compiled a 1.50 ERA and a 1–1 record. In April 2012, Strasburg accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run. Consequently, he was named NL Pitcher of the Month. On May 20, Strasburg went 2-for-2 as a hitter in a game against the Baltimore Orioles and hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen. In his June 13 start against the Toronto Blue Jays, Strasburg became the first pitcher of the year to strike out 100 batters. On July 1, Strasburg was elected to his first All-Star Game, alongside teammates Gio Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, and Bryce Harper. Strasburg ended the season 15–6 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 159⅓ innings pitched.
    Strasburg made six rehab starts during the 2011 minor league season throwing a total of 20⅓ innings, with 29 strikeouts, compiling a 3.49 ERA and a 1–1 record.
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    Strasburg made his first rehab start on August 7, 2011 for the Hagerstown Suns.
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  • 2010
    Age 21
    Strasburg's major league debut on June 8, 2010, produced a franchise-record 14 strikeouts.
    More Details Hide Details Several months into his major league career, Strasburg tore a ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury required Tommy John surgery and a year of rehabilitation. He rejoined the Nationals on September 6, 2011, but was only able to pitch 24 innings that year.
    He was named a pitcher on the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.
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    In the 2010 season Strasburg pitched in 12 games, all starts, throwing 68 innings, 92 strikeouts and compiling a 2.91 ERA.
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    Strasburg was placed on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder in July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to action on August 10, but in his third game back, on August 21, he was removed with an apparent injury. On August 27, the Nationals announced that Strasburg had a torn ulnar collateral ligament, requiring Tommy John surgery, and about 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation.
    Strasburg made his major-league debut on June 8, 2010, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    More Details Hide Details A Sports Illustrated columnist termed it "the most hyped pitching debut the game has ever seen." An ESPN article revealed the colloquial name for Strasburg's celebrated debut as "Strasmas". Strasburg picked up the win in his debut, pitching seven innings, allowing two earned runs and no walks and 14 strikeouts, setting a new team strikeout record. Also, he was the first pitcher in history to strike out at least eleven batters without issuing any walks in his pro debut, while falling just one strikeout short of the all-time record for a pitcher's debut—Karl Spooner (1954) and J. R. Richard (1971) both struck out 15, but each took nine innings to do it, and each walked three. (Bob Feller also struck out 15 in his first start, although it wasn't his big league debut). He struck out every batter in the Pirates' lineup at least once and struck out the last seven batters he faced—also a Nationals record. He threw 34 of his 94 pitches at or faster, including two that reached.
    On May 4, 2010, he was promoted to the Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League.
    More Details Hide Details In his first game with the Chiefs, he pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six batters while allowing one hit and one walk. That game drew 13,766 fans—the highest attendance in the 135-year history of baseball in Syracuse. In his second start, Strasburg was removed after pitching six no-hit innings. He finished his minor league stint with an overall record of 7–2, an ERA of 1.30, 65 strikeouts and 13 walks in 55⅓ innings, and a walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) ratio of .80.
    There was so much anticipation and hype surrounding Strasburg that there were about 70 credentialed media members in attendance at his April 11, 2010 debut, and ESPN nationally broadcast portions of the game.
    More Details Hide Details He won his Senators debut against the Altoona Curve, allowing four hits and four runs (one earned), while striking out eight batters in five innings. During his first home start on April 16, he yielded two hits and an unearned run with three strikeouts in 2⅓ innings in a loss to the New Britain Rock Cats, one where his innings were limited due to a rain delay. Harrisburg set an attendance record in Strasburg's home debut with 7,895 fans. He completed his Class AA stint with a 1.64 ERA while striking out 27 and walking six in 22 innings.
    Strasburg was assigned to the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League for the start of the 2010 season.
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    Before the 2010 season started, Baseball America named Strasburg as the top pitching prospect, and the second-best overall prospect behind Jason Heyward.
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    He was married on January 9, 2010, to Rachel Lackey, whom he had met while they were students at San Diego State.
    More Details Hide Details On June 24, 2014, Strasburg stated in an interview that he was going to stop chewing tobacco in the wake of his college coach Tony Gwynn's death, although he admitted to The Washington Post two years later that he had not yet completely kicked the habit.
  • 2009
    Age 20
    He also won Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of November 2, 2009 and led the AFL with four wins.
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    Strasburg made his professional debut on October 16, 2009, starting for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected to play in the league's Rising Stars Showcase, but was unable to participate due to a minor neck injury.
    On August 17, 2009, he signed a record-breaking four-year, $15.1 million contract with the Nationals, just 77 seconds before the deadline, shattering a dollar-amount record previously held by Mark Prior, who signed for $10.5 million in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Strasburg is represented by agent Scott Boras.
    On June 9, 2009, Strasburg was drafted number one overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals.
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    Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Nationals in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details A talented but unpolished high school baseball player at West Hills High School, Strasburg played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs. There, he became one of the best collegiate pitchers in the country. He pitched for the United States national baseball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. Two years later, Strasburg was called the "most-hyped pick in draft history" by ESPN and the "most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball" by Sports Illustrated.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2008
    Age 19
    He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2008.
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    Strasburg was the lone collegiate player selected for the United States national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
    More Details Hide Details In his first start at the Olympics, Strasburg one-hit the Netherlands over seven innings, striking out five of the first six batters he faced and 11 overall. The lone hit Strasburg allowed was a seventh-inning single to Sharnol Adriana. With the United States having already secured a spot in the semifinals medal round, manager Davey Johnson held Strasburg from what would have been his second start on August 20 in order to pitch him in the first round of the semifinals against Norge Luis Vera of the Cuban national baseball team, on August 22. Vera outdueled Strasburg with six innings pitched and only two runs, one earned. Strasburg, meanwhile, lasted only four innings while giving up three runs, two earned. Cuba won the game 10–2. Strasburg ended up with a 1–1 record, a 1.67 ERA, and a bronze medal for the Olympics, as the United States won its following contest against Japan 8–4.
    In that role he appeared in the 2008 World University Baseball Championship, held in late July.
    More Details Hide Details The United States won the gold medal in the competition.
    Strasburg was named to the United States national baseball team on June 24, 2008.
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    Four of his thirteen starts in 2008 were complete games, two of which were shutouts.
    More Details Hide Details On April 11 of that year, he struck out a Mountain West Conference record 23 batters in a game versus the University of Utah. He also gained eight miles per hour on his fastball, regularly working in the upper 90s and touching 100 mph. Strasburg finished his junior year, the 2009 season, 13–1 with a 1.32 ERA, 59 hits allowed, 16 earned runs, 19 walks, and 195 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched. In his final home start on May 8, 2009, Strasburg threw his first career no-hitter while striking out 17 Air Force Falcons batters. His lone loss came against the Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAA Regionals as Virginia advanced toward the College World Series, but he still struck out 15 in seven innings during the loss. He won the Dick Howser Trophy and the National Pitcher of the Year Award.
    In 2008, as a sophomore, Strasburg was converted to a full-time starting pitcher.
    More Details Hide Details He went 8–3 with a 1.58 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 98⅓ innings.
  • 2007
    Age 18
    In the summer of 2007, Strasburg also played for the Torrington Twisters of the collegiate summer baseball New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
    More Details Hide Details He was named to the NECBL First Team as a closer, and was also chosen as the Top Pro Prospect and Top Relief Pitcher in the NECBL.
  • 2006
    Age 17
    He finished with three varsity letters, set school records in ERA and shutouts, and was named his school's 2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named second-team all-league and his team's MVP. Despite these achievements, he was not selected in that year's Major League Baseball Draft. Strasburg had hoped to attend Stanford University but was not accepted there. Although recruited by a number of schools across the country, he enrolled at San Diego State University, where both of his parents attended school. He played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs, coached by the late Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn. When he first arrived, he was an unlikely candidate to pitch collegiate baseball at all; he was so overweight and out of shape that his conditioning coach nicknamed him "Slothburg" and encouraged him to quit baseball. He also had a difficult time adjusting to college life, moving out of his dormitory and in with his mother after five days. He acknowledged, "I wasn't the most mature guy out of high school. … The dorm was an overload, too much, too soon." Strasburg responded with an intense workout regimen, losing in the process. He also worked to improve his mental toughness. Coaches tested him by placing him in high-pressure situations and telling him he needed to get strikeouts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
    Born
    Born on July 20, 1988.
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