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A look back at Strasburg's season

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A look back at Strasburg's season

By JP Finlay
CSNwashington.com

With the announcement that Stephen Strasburg will be shut down for the remainder of the 2012 season to recover from Tommy John surgery, it's time to look back at the young pitcher's year. His final stat line for the year: 15 wins, 6 losses, 3.16 ERA with 197 strikeouts, 48 walks and a 1.15 WHIP.

Below is a look at the season from start to finish.

April 5 -- Though he didn't get the win, Strasburg looked good on Opening Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He went seven solid innings, giving up one earned run while striking out five.

April 11 -- In his first win of the year, Strasburg throws six innings on the road against the New York Mets. With nine strikeouts and no earned runs, Strasburg looks dominant.

May 10 -- Strasburg matches his season-high strikeout total with 13 in six innings at Pittsburgh on his way to the win.

May 20 -- While pitching against the inter-league rival Baltimore Orioles, Strasburg strikes out eight in a home win. In the process, he also hits his first career Major League homerun.

June 2 -- In his second of three wins over Atlanta, Strasburg strikes out nine while shutting out the Braves over seven innings.

June 8 -- Strasburg makes his first start at Boston's famed Fenway Park. Over six innings Strasburg strikes out 13 Boston players while giving up two earned runs en route to the win.

June 20 -- On the final leg of a six-start win streak, Strasburg strikes out 10 in Tampa as he goes seven strong innings, giving up two earned.

July 10 -- In his first All-Star Game appearance, Strasburg throws one inning of shutout ball, giving up a hit and a walk.

July 25 -- Facing the Mets in New York, Strasburg dazzles in the bright light, whiffing 11. Over seven innings Strasburg gives up just one earned run.

August 21 -- In the midst of a pennant race, Strasburg faces the Atlanta Braves with a narrow lead in the NL East. Responding to the moment, Strasburg mows down 10 Braves by strikeout on his way to win No. 15. This marks his fourth straight start with a win.

Sept. 7 -- In what would become his final start, Strasburg has his worst outing of the year. Only lasting three innings, Strasburg allows five earned runs, three walks and just two strikeouts as the Nats would eventually lose in 10 innings to the Marlins.

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Ivan Rodriguez becomes first former Nationals player to be voted into Hall of Fame

Ivan Rodriguez becomes first former Nationals player to be voted into Hall of Fame

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez became the first former Nationals player (2005-present) to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He was inducted in his first year of eligibility, marking the 52nd first-ballot hall of famer in history. 

Rodriguez, who was the first free agent signed by current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, played the final two seasons of his career with Washington in 2010-11. During his time in D.C. he hit .254 six homers and 68 RBI. Pudge's greatest contribution to the Nationals came from his leadership and work ethic. He guided Stephen Strasburg through his rookie season and also helped develop Wilson Ramos so he could pass the torch to him. 

During his 21-year career, Pudge made 14 all-star teams, won 13 gold gloves, won seven silver slugger awards, led his league in caught-steeling percentage nine times, and was named American League MVP in 1999 with the Texas Rangers. He became a World Series champion in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Pudge's 13 gold gloves are the most ever by a catcher, and his 2,844 career hits are the most ever by a player who appeared in 50 percent or more of their career games as a catcher.  

In addition to Rodriguez, former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Raines is the franchise leader (Expos/Nationals) in walks (793), runs (947), stolen bases (635) and triples (82). Raines was an all-star seven times and he won a silver slugger in 1986 with the Expos. He is the only player in MLB history with at least 100 triples, 150 homers and 600 RBI in a career, and the only player to steal at least 70 bases in six consecutive seasons. 

Related: Bryce Harper wants Nationals to spend money on players, not team store

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Bryce Harper wants Nationals to invest in Matt Wieters, Greg Holland more than facilities

Bryce Harper wants Nationals to invest in Matt Wieters, Greg Holland more than facilities

Bryce Harper isn't one to keep his opinions to himself. The Nationals slugger is outspoken about what he wants, whether that's to "Make Baseball Fun Again" or to make at least $400 million on his next contract

On Wednesday, he gave his take on how the Nats should be investing their money this summer. Here's Harper responding to a tweet from ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Harper's message: Players over everything else. Sorry, gift shop. 

It's plain to see where the 2015 NL MVP is going with this. Obviously, he wants as much talent around him as possible for a chance to win the World Series. 

Matt Wieters, a four-time All-Star catcher, and Greg Holland, a two-time All-Star closer, could be significant additions to Washington's roster. 

Harper is set to become a free agent in 2018, at which point an organization like the New York Yankees will be prepared to offer him both a massive salary and a massive investment in the players around him.

The slugger probably hopes his current team will try to surround him with winning pieces in an effort to keep him. But if a report about the Nationals' reaction to his contract demands proves accurate, they may have another agenda. 

There's Harper drama around the Nationals? Just a regular Wednesday here in Washington.

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