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Sad times for Strasburg, baseball

Posted by Bill Koch on August 27, 2010

We woke up to some sad baseball news today, and for once it has nothing to do with some off-field scandal that threatens to stain the game’s integrity.

No, this has to do with the game’s immediate future. One of its brightest young stars, Stephen Strasburg, now faces an uncertain professional future after a second MRI revealed a torn ulnar-collateral ligament in his right (throwing) arm. Yes, that means what you think it means – Dr. James Andrews is currently being paged and Strasburg will require Tommy John surgery.

My man BDowd and I were both pitchers during our playing days, so we couldn’t do anything but sit and be stunned every time Strasburg took the mound. His blazing fastball, clocked at 98-101 miles-per-hour, coupled with his filthy array of offspeed pitches paralyzed the best hitters in the world. At times Strasburg looked like an overgrown kid mowing down the Little Leaguers in Williamsport, and you almost had to pinch yourself to remember that it’s not supposed to be that easy. Now it looks like we’re going to have to wait 12-18 months to see Strasburg again, and there’s no guarantee that he’ll ever be the same. Baseball is worse off today because of that.

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