The performance has not been trending the direction Stephen Strasburg has wanted it to, which is why he plans to retire. Before the season, Strasburg made multiple attempts to ramp up his workload before he felt some discomfort in January.
Jesse Dougherty and Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post were the first to put out the news. They stated that a news conference is tentatively to be held September 9 at Nationals Park. While the financial specifics of the retirement have not been leaked to the media yet, the contract that Strasburg signed in 2020 was not a cheap deal.
Strasburg, 35, has not pitched for the Washington Nationals this season. In fact, he’s only pitched 31 1/3 innings over the last three years. One positive though, is that he helped bring a World Series title to the US Capital in 2019. In what was arguably, Strasburg’s best year in the big leagues he went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA over 209 innings. He ended with 252 strikeouts that season. The career numbers, 3.24 ERA and a record of 113-62, are outstanding for the former first-overall pick.
For the last three years, injuries have haunted Strasburg. Thoracic outlet syndrome was his most significant hurdle. Stephen Strasburg, who intends to retire is still dealing with some “severe nerve damage”.
“Every time I’ve had an injury, I felt like I was going to be the best there is coming back,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post last September. “ … This is the one that’s still definitely a big question mark. I realize the clock is ticking.”
Strasburg is not a player that the organization or fans in Washington D.C. despise, there is still a giant poster of him hanging above the centerfield concourse.
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