Scott Boras on Strasburg

DC Sports Nexus ---- Thursday, August 16, 2012

In case anyone missed this from the morning, over on ESPN radio Mike & Mike talked to Scott Boras about his client, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.  Here is the link.
Boras said everything you would expect from an agent.  He brought up several past examples of pitchers who threw a lot of innings at a young age, most notably Steven Avery.

Boras also confirmed the fact that everyone already knew, Strasburg wants to pitch.  He also said that the reputations of Nationals organization was on the line, and mentioned if the team puts winning over his player's health that it could negatively impact the ability of Washington to attract players in the future.

Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't seem as open and shut as Boras wants to make it.  Sure putting Strasburg in jeopardy could make the organization look bad in the eyes of potential future stars. 

However, potentially sacrificing a chance to end the season as the number one team in baseball and make a run at the World Series without any concrete data saying that letting Strasburg pitch will lead to injuries or a shorter career seems like it could also injury the organizations reputation in the eyes of players, current and future.

Later in the show, Mike Golic brought up C.C. Sabathia, who threw a ton of innings in his youth, but hasn't shown any negative effects as a counter to Boras Avery example.

The future reputation of the National's organization in the eyes of players is a new wrinkle to the Strasburg story that I hadn't considered yet.  I'm still not sure which side of the argument I fall, and would love to here your thoughts in the comments or over on twitter @dru90. 

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