July 29, 2021

Stephen Strasburg Went From MLB’s Forgotten Star to One of its Highest-Paid Players (Baseball Essential)

One year ago Stephen Strasburg was Major League Baseball’s forgotten star. Now he’s one of the highest-paid players in the sport.

Strasburg re-signed with the Washington Nationals, whom he has spent the entirety of his big-league career with, on a seven-year, $245 million deal on Monday.

This contract is the culmination of a mixed bag of a career that has included the highest of highs and impasses that generated some doubt as to whether Strasburg would ever live up to the expectations of being the number one overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft.

Strasburg made his MLB debut on June 8, 2010 in Nationals Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He struck out 14 batters and surrendered just two runs across seven innings. Unfortunately for the hard-throwing right-hander, his elbow acted up later in the season, and he ended up needing Tommy John surgery, ending his season and keeping him off the mound until September 2011.

In his first full season at the big-league level (2012), Strasburg stayed healthy and pitched well, recording an impressive 3.16 ERA. Strasburg’s season infamously ended in September, as the Nationals put an innings limit on him before the regular season…

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