World Series MVP just four years ago—Fastballer Strasburg can’t get back on track, eventually retires

Major League Baseball’s most iconic fastball pitcher, Stephen Strasburg (35-Washington), has finally decided to hang up his glove.스포츠토토

U.S. media broke the news of Strasburg’s decision to hang up the gloves on Friday.

Strasburg was hailed as one of the greatest talents of all time and signed an astronomical contract, but after a short-lived prime, he was plagued by injuries and eventually left the mound.

Strasburg was considered a top college prospect and was drafted by the Nats with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft. He debuted in the big leagues the following year with a fastball in the high 90s and went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA before reaching double digits in wins for the first time in 2012.

He went on to win double-digit games in six straight years from 2014 to 2019, most notably in 2019, when he led the Nats to two World Series titles after winning 18 games in the regular season. He was named Most Valuable Player (MVP), becoming the first No. 1 overall draft pick in history to win a World Series MVP.

Naturally, the Nats signed Strasburg to a long-term deal shortly afterward. It was a massive seven-year, $245 million deal, but his prime wore off and injuries followed. In his first year, 2020, Strasburg underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and went 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA, then pitched just five games in 2021 with a shoulder injury and one game in 2022 with an elbow injury.

This year, he didn’t pitch a game at all, and after a prolonged injury slump, he decided to hang up his jersey. This ends Strasburg’s career after four years under a seven-year contract, in which he appeared in eight games, pitched 31.1 innings, and earned one win. After next year, he still has three more years left on his contract through 2026, totaling $105 million. Since it’s already a done deal, the Nats will have to pay Strasburg all of it.

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