It's been a slow weekend on the Nationals news front, so here's a wire piece from California. San Diego State University will retire Stephen Strasburg's No. 37 jersey Feb. 17.
"The ceremony will get underway at 5:45 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium prior to the contest against the Huskies that is scheduled to get underway just after 6:00 p.m. All tickets for this special night are priced at just $6.00.
Strasburg was a consensus All-American as a junior during the 2009 season when he compiled a record of 13-1 with a 1.32 earned run average. That season he struck out 195 batters in just 109 innings while walking only 19.
Strasburg was the recipient of the 2009 Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top collegiate player. He was also named the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation and was presented the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation's top player. In addition, he was selected the National Player of the Year by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
During his Aztec career, Strasburg set SDSU and Mountain West Conference records for strikeouts in a game, season and career as well as new marks for earned run average in a season and career. He became the first pick of the 2009 Major League draft when he was selected by the Washington Nationals."
If you ask me, retiring a jersey just a few years after a player leaves for the next level is a little premature. While he brought a great amount of attention to the program, especially during his final season, he only made 28 starts in his career overall. To put it in perspective, the team didn't honor Tony Gwynn, an MLB hall of famer, until 2004, three years after he retired from Major League Baseball. Although, they did name the stadium after him...
Regardless of my thoughts on the matter, the only thing that is really important is that the team is honoring a player they care about. I'm sure it feels great for both Strasburg and the University, so congratulations to the both of them. Personally, I'm looking forward to see what he can do with 160 innings in the Major Leagues.