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Nats Strasburg shutdown shows Nats' faith in franchise

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The decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg after his Sept. 12 start demonstrates a deep organizational faith in the future of the Washington Nationals.

Yes, the Nationals, going into the season, had a plan to limit Strasburg's innings in his first full campaign since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. But at that point, absolutely no one could have known that at the end of play on Labor Day, the Nats would have the best record in the National League and a 6 1/2-game lead in the NL East.

This is a situation that remains unfathomable for some critics of this plan and this decision. How can the Nats pass up this rare chance at a championship? Well, if the management of the Nationals looks at this opportunity as merely a starting place, and not a once-in-a-lifetime situation, that puts the decision to shut down Strasburg in a different perspective.

Strasburg is a singular talent, and the urge to protect his career is understandable. There will be people, however, who will never accept any rationale for shutting him down in the middle of a pennant race. But this isn't a popularity contest, an election or a referendum.
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I think the shutdown of Strasburg is a smart move on the part of the Nationals organization. They need to protect one of there franchise investments.


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Yeah but who's to say the Nats are this good again next year? This is the first time EVER the Nats are going to the playoffs. You don't shutdown a fan favorite, plus your best player for the playoffs.




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I still think we can win without him.


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Sure, but in the playoffs I want my ace out there.




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I think Strasburg can win the games that needed to be won.. which will help in the playoffs, like you said.


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Sure, but in the playoffs I want my ace out there.
Gio can easily step it up and be that Ace of the staff.


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