Shutting down Strasburg: the dumbest move in sports history?

Most baseball fans already know — the Nationals are in first place in the NL East, but they’re going to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg after 180 innings to protect his young arm. Strasburg had Tommy John surgery two years ago, and the Nationals aren’t taking any chances. I don’t necessarily think he should go over 180 innings (I’m no doctor), but why are the Nationals doing it this way? He’s going to hit doomsday just before the season finishes and the playoffs begin. Sorry fans, sorry players, your first place team is going to be shorthanded when it counts.

In a similar situation, the White Sox have found ways to give Chris Sale extra rest throughout the season. Why not do that or even use a six man rotation? GM Mike Rizzo has favored a regular schedule for Strasburg on the advice of various medical experts. A six man rotation would be pretty regular. I’m not the first to suggest this — I just want to highlight how dumb this decision was. The Nationals have never been to the playoffs! They might miss their shot at a World Series because of this.

In celebration of the Nationals strategy, poll your friends/office mates and share the dumbest sports decision(s) that you can think of in the comments below. “Trading Babe Ruth” is a good start but not very original.

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2 responses to “Shutting down Strasburg: the dumbest move in sports history?

  1. I’m pretty sure you could make a case that some combination of Detroit Lions first round draft picks were near the dumbest sports decisions of all time. Or, sadly, the John Smoltz-Doyle Alexander trade.

    • Yow! Hitting where it hurts. While we’re hammering Detroit, how about the MIlicic pick? They won a championship shortly after but my Pistons are still paying for that pick. The next four picks were Carmelo, Bosh, Wade, and Kaman. If the Pistons had selected any of those players, they probably would have won multiple championships.

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