Stephen Strasburg, 35, of the Washington Nationals, is retiring after signing one of the worst contracts of all time.온라인바카라

“Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP, will retire from baseball,”, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Monday (25 September), citing a report in the Washington Post.

Strasburg will hold a news conference on 10 September at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, to announce his retirement.

A first-round draft pick in 2009, Strasburg made his major league debut the following year in 2010. After bursting onto the scene in 2012 with a 15-6 record and 3.16 ERA, Strasburg was the ace of the Nats’ starting rotation, posting six straight years of double-digit wins from 2014 (14) to 2019.

Most notably, he led the Nats to fall ball in 2019 with a career-high 18 wins and a 3.32 ERA in six starts, and dazzled in the postseason with a 5-0 record and 1.98 ERA in six games (five starts). The Nats won their first World Series title that year, and Strasburg, who went 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA in two games, was named World Series MVP.

After winning the World Series, the Nats gave Strasburg a massive seven-year, $245 million contract. But it turned out to be one of the most toxic contracts in Major League Baseball history.

Plagued by constant injuries, Strasburg went 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA in two games (five innings) in 2020, 1-0 with a 4.57 ERA in five games (21⅔ innings) in 2021, and 1-0 with a 13.50 ERA in one game in 2021. After his last start on 10 June 2022 against the Miami Marlins, Strasburg never took the mound in the majors again.

Strasburg played 13 seasons in the big leagues, starting 247 games and compiling a 113-62 record with a 3.24 ERA. He still has $35 million left on his contract through 2026, with a portion of it paid in instalments from 2027 to 2029. The Nats don’t have insurance on that contract, so they’re on the hook for the rest of it.

Strasburg announces his retirement / Photo by Getty Images

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