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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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Former Nationals outfielder admits to drinking vodka before MLB games

Former Nationals outfielder admits to drinking vodka before MLB games

When it comes to sports, we sometimes forget that the athletes we look up to are just normal people.  Normal people who have a lot to prove to millions of people on a weekly basis.  Former Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel has discussed one his human moments in an interview with 590 The Fan in St. Louis.

Ankiel admitted to drinking vodka during his plight as a pitcher. He referenced his first two starts of the 2001 season, in particular against the his opener Arizona Diamondbacks where he allowed his anxiety to giving in to alcohol to soothe him. In the previous postseason, he became the first pitcher since 1980 to throw five wild pitches in a single inning. 

It may have worked for a couple of games but Ankiel eventually realized it was only making matters worse.

Ankiel began playing in the MLB at the age of 19 and has had a fluctuating career through six teams.  All the while, he has keep a “never give up” mentality.

Why the sudden need to vent? The St. Louis baseball pitcher is getting up close and personal with his upcoming book, “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed my Life” which is co-written with sports writer, Tim Brown will be released on April 18.  

His two seasons with the Nationals, resulted in 127 hits and 52 RBIs as an outfielder. 

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Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple reports. 

Wieters spent the first eight years in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles, being named to the AL All-Star team four times and winning two gold glove awards. Last season the switch-hitting catcher posted a .243 average with 17 homers and 66 RBI.  

The Nationals have been in the market for catchers all offseason after Wilson Ramos left for Tampa Bay in free agency. The team traded for former Padres catcher Derek Norris, whose role is now in question. The Nationals still have Jose Lobaton on the roster as a strong defensive backup catcher who has a proven rapport with many of the pitchers in the Nationals rotation. Wieters had been linked to the Nationals all offseason because of the team's need a the position and because of the Nationals close relationship with Wieters' agent Scott Boras. 

The only significant time that Wieters has missed due to injury in his career came in 2014-15 when he had Tommy John surgury. Prior to that surgury, however, Wieters had played in at least 130 games for four straight seasons and became a large part of the Orioles' identity. 

The 30-year-old backstop will give the Nationals lineup more depth and power. Wieters had three consecutive 20-homer seasons from 2011-13 and since 2009 when his career began, he ranks fifth among catchers in all of baseball in home runs with 117. 

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