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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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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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