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Who else can we ask about Strasburg?

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Who else can we ask about Strasburg?

With the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg getting closer by the day, it seems we are running out of people to ask of their opinions about it. Everyone from Nats general manager Mike Rizzo himself to ESPN's Dick Vitale has weighed in on the issue, even Denny McLain, the former big leaguer turned convict, had something to say about it on Thursday. While it looks like there is no one else left to ask, we came up with a list of those who haven't been. Some are serious, some not so much.
Serious:Bud Selig
The MLB commissioner hasnt spoken out on the issue (as far as we know), but no one would be better to answer whether shutting down Strasburg is either good or bad for baseball. It would be interesting to see if he would care more about the draw Strasburg could be in playoff games this season or his potential stardom for years to come.

Frank Jobe

The inventor of Tommy John surgery, Jobe actually performed the original procedure on John in 1974. At the time he declared the odds of recovery at 1 in 100 and that number has since risen to nearly 90. As someone who has seen the surgery develop into the rate of success it has today, he may have thoughts on the best way to recover from it nowadays.

Jake Delhomme

Believe it or not, Delhomme actually had Tommy John surgery in 2008. Yes, he plays a different sport, but Delhommes career was affected greatly by the procedure. He was never quite the same player and could speak to the difficulty of rehabbing from the surgery.

Kinda, sorta serious:Deion Sanders

Believe it or not, Sanders actually also had Tommy John surgery. Nothing a cornerback does is really that similar to a pitcher, but at least he would be more qualified to speak on the issue than Terry Bradshaw.

The Surgeon General

The Surgeon General, currently Regina Benjamin, is the nations leading spokesman on matters of public health as described on a government website. If doctors who have performed the surgery before have weighed in, maybe she can give the final say?

Joe Gibbs

Gibbs was asked about the shut down on ESPN Radio last month, but dodged the question. He isn't exactly qualified to give an expert opinion or anything, probably the reason he declined to answer, but Gibbs still holds a lot of clout in the area and knows winning better than any sports figure in the city's history.
Not so serious:Ja Rule

In a standup show, Dave Chappelle famously made fun of MTV asking Ja Rule for his input after September 11th. Maybe someone could get in touch with him? Oh, hes in prison? Nevermind.

An empty chair

But only if Clint Eastwood asks the question. It seemed that chair had a lot to say, maybe it has an opinion on the matter.

Vinny Cerrato

Not looked back on as the greatest general manger in Washington, D.C. sports history, Cerrato had a poor track record in the draft and signed some of the worst contracts in NFL history (see Haynesworth, Albert). Maybe it would be worth asking his opinion and then doing the exact opposite of what he says.

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Nats close homestand against Pirates day after clinch

Nats close homestand against Pirates day after clinch

Nats (90-64) vs. Pirates (77-77) at PNC Park

Saturday night was a big party in Pittsburgh as the Nationals clinched their third NL East title in the last five years. On Sunday, they have a quick turnaround with a 1:35 p.m. start to finish off their final homestand.

Rookie A.J. Cole (1-2, 4.68) will get the start as the Nats now turn their sights towards securing home field advantage in the NL Division Series. He's coming off a two-run, four-inning outing against the Marlins.

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 4.11) will pitch for the Pirates. A rookie, Glasnow has never faced the Nationals before.

The Nationals lead the Dodgers, their likely NLDS opponent, by just 1 1/2 games. They need to stay ahead of them to secure home field advantage in the playoffs. If they each finish with the same record, the Dodgers will get the tiebreaker due to their head-to-head record this season.

First pitch: 1:35 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - A.J. Cole vs. Pirates - Tyler Glasnow

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Dusty Baker on Nats clinching 2016 NL East title: 'I love this team'

Dusty Baker on Nats clinching 2016 NL East title: 'I love this team'

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jayson Werth's wide grin belied the fact that the Washington Nationals right fielder is an old hand at clubhouse celebrations, having played on eight division-winning teams during his 14-year big league career.

Werth's latest crown came Saturday night when the Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.

"It's never gets old," Werth said. "Never."

Stephen Drew's two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence. Their win ensured a playoff berth, and they won the division about 20 minutes later when the second-place New York Mets lost to Philadelphia.

"It's such a hard thing to accomplish," Werth said. "You spent six months trying to do it. It's why you go to spring training early, so you can do everything possible to put yourself in positon to win the division."

The Nationals won the division in Dusty Baker's first season as manager. He replaced Matt Williams, who fired following a 2015 season that began with high hopes of Washington reaching the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Baker had been out of the game for two years after being fired by the Cincinnati Reds following the 2013 season, four days after they lost to the Pirates in the NL wild card.

"That's what I came here for," Baker said, standing in a corner of the clubhouse and watching his players celebrate. "I'm telling you -- let these young men have a great time tonight, back to work tomorrow. First step in a four-step process. This step is the hardest to get. I'm just so happy for these guys. I love them. I love this team."

Lopez (4-3) came on to the start the bottom of the fourth inning with a 6-1 lead and allowed three hits while striking out five and walking one. He was removed a runner on first and one out in the ninth inning.

"He was really impressive," Werth said. "We still have some questions about our roster going into the postseason. He's a great talent and if he pitches like he did tonight he can really help us."

Marc Rzepczynski and Blake Treinen got one out each to end the game, and a pocket of Nationals' fans behind the visiting dugout cheered.

Joe Ross allowed one run and five hits over 2 2/3 innings in his second start since missing 2 months with right shoulder inflammation.

Drew's single came after Bryce Harper's sacrifice fly. Harper also drove in a run with a grounder during a three-run fourth that included three errors and increased the Nationals' lead to 6-1. Jayson Werth hit into a run-scoring forceout and Anthony Rendon had a sacrifice fly.

Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Nationals, and Drew and Werth added two each.