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09:32 AM ET 09.09 | After holding his comments all season, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg reacted angrily to the Nationals' decision to shut him down today, saying he feels fine physically and he wants to keep pitching. "I don't know if I'm ever going to accept it, to be honest," Strasburg said. "It's something that I'm not happy about at all. That's not why I play the game. I play the game to be a good teammate and win. You don't grow up dreaming out playing in the big leagues to get shut down when the games start to matter. It's going to be a tough one to swallow. "All I can do is be the best teammate possible for these guys. I think everybody overlooks all the great contributions that we've had this year. I know they're going to keep going that way, and I'm going to do everything in my power to support them."

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September 9, 2012  09:54 AM ET

I don't blame him..............


You go with what brought you..........

September 9, 2012  10:00 AM ET

It just seems to me that the Nats could have handled this differently... Like maybe skip a start once a month since April to give plenty of leeway going into September.

September 9, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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It just seems to me that the Nats could have handled this differently... Like maybe skip a start once a month since April to give plenty of leeway going into September.

yep

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September 9, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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It just seems to me that the Nats could have handled this differently... Like maybe skip a start once a month since April to give plenty of leeway going into September.

Look at how the Braves handled Medlen and compare that to how the Nats handled Strasburg. Both are coming of Tommy John surgeries, both are on innings limits; but Medlen will be available for the playoffs while Strasburg watches. Seems like the Braves thought things through a little better.

September 9, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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Had they known in April what they know in September, they may have chosen that option.

Had I known in April what I know now I would have shorted Facebook.





Hail to the Redskins!!

September 9, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Look at how the Braves handled Medlen and compare that to how the Nats handled Strasburg. Both are coming of Tommy John surgeries, both are on innings limits; but Medlen will be available for the playoffs while Strasburg watches. Seems like the Braves thought things through a little better.

In their wildest imagination I don't think The Nats saw themselves contending this year.

September 9, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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Had they known in April what they know in September, they may have chosen that option.

What was there for them to know? The playoffs start every October. If you thought there was a chance you'd be in them, you'd want him available. If you didn't think there was a chance you'd be in them, what do lose by resting him more early?

September 9, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Grady Little did in the 2003 ALCS, and it cost him his job.

So did Francona..............That worked out pretty good in 2004................

September 9, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Had I known in April what I know now I would have shorted Facebook.Hail to the Redskins!!

All hail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 9, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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All hail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And good Luck" to you too Mick.

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September 9, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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And good Luck" to you too Mick.

I caught that..................



I think the Colts will surprise people this year...

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September 9, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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I caught that..................I think the Colts will surprise people this year...

LOL!!





BBL

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September 9, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Playoffs and legit WS contenders with a shot at the best record in baseball aren't quite the same. They probably thought themselves a wildcard candidate, at best.

Even if they thought they were a wildcard contender (and they should have with the additional WC this season), they should have played this differently. This whole sideshow is the result of a failure of management to think ahead.

 
September 9, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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It's late in the game to criticize. I don't recall seeing the critics in April. Seems like folks are criticizing now because of the Nats record and a desire to see them continue.

You didn't see the stories in April. I bet there were plenty of critics in the Atlanta front office.

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