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Washington Nationals dilemma: Strasburg innings to be limited even if needed in pennant race

Stephen Strasburg (photo by dbking, Kanesue via wikipedia commons)

If the Washington Nationals are going to get into the playoffs, they’ll have to be very creative with the innings pitched by staff ace, 24-year-old Stephen Strasburg.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been saying for weeks that the former San Diego State star will not pitch more than 180 innings in 2012.

So far, Strasburg is on pace to pitch 184.1 innings in a very solid year so far.

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 National League Player 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.

The Washington Nationals have been controlling the National League East since the early days of the season.


Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

Marlins turn once again to “Trader Jack” McKeon who is 80

Jack McKeon (courtesy of

The Florida Marlins pulled a surprise earlier in the week when they brought back the most-popular manager in the franchise’s history.

Team President David Samson told the media and fans that he chose  80-year-old Jack McKeon because he is just as hard-working and sharp as he was in 2003 when he led the Marlins to their impossible run to a World Series championship.

McKeon returns to the team he retired from nearly six years ago, will take the job through the end of the season.

“Trader Jack” the nickname he picked up as general manager of the San Diego Padres, becomes the second-oldest manager in major league history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics until 1950 when he was 87.

A strict disciplinarian as a manger, McKeon replaces Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned suddenly on Sunday with the Marlins in a 10-game losing streak and in last place in the National League East.

A native of South Amboy, New Jersey, McKeon started his managerial career with the Kansas City Royals in 1973. He has also managed Oakland, San Diego and Cincinnati.

Born November 23, 1930, McKeon almost led the Reds to a wild-card spot in 1999, a team that had Greg Vaughn, Dimitri Young, Sean Casey, Barry Larkin and Aaron Boone.

He has been voted manager of the year twice, 1999 with the Reds and 2003 with the Marlins.


Info courtesy of the Florida Marlins